The new movie “Charlie Countryman” is “kind of insane,” according to Evan Rachel Wood, one of its co-stars. It’s a love story in which Shia LaBeouf (the Charlie of the title) goes overseas and falls hopelessly in love with Wood’s lovely cellist character, Gabi.
The crazy comes in when it turns out that Charlie is being pursued by Gabi’s former flame, a drug lord, and his friends with equally violent tendencies. Also crazy: LaBeouf took drugs in real life to prepare for the role. And Wood had no idea.
“He really gets involved in what he’s doing,” Wood told MTV News’ Josh Horowitz in a recent interview.
“I knew he was nervous about the scene because he’s never done Ecstasy,” she said (note: LaBeouf in fact dropped acid in preparation for the role, but Ecstasy is the drug his character takes in the film’s script). “I didn’t know that that was happening. I found out afterwards.”
In 2012, LaBeouf told USA Today that he had set aside a day to trip in a moment of Method-ness.
“There’s a way to do an acid trip like ’Harold & Kumar,’ and there’s a way to be on acid,” LaBeouf said. “What I know of acting, Sean Penn actually strapped up to that [electric] chair in ’Dead Man Walking.’ These are the guys that I look up to.”
Audiences will find “Charlie Countryman” different than typical movie fare, Wood told Horowitz.
“There’s a magical quality to it,” Wood said of the film’s plot. “It’s an intense, violent, dramatic love story but with this kind of fantastical edge.”
“Charlie Countryman” is out in limited release Friday (November 15).