08/28/2012 at 09:00 AM EDT
It looks like Shia LaBeouf
may take Method acting very seriously.
For his latest independent film, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman
, which costars Evan Rachel Wood
, Rupert Grint, Melissa Leo and Mads Mikkelsen, LaBeouf, 26, plays a Mob character – one who trips out on LSD, reports USA Today
"There's a way to do an acid trip like [the comedy] Harold & Kumar
," he tells the newspaper, "and there's a way to be on acid."
LaBeouf goes on to say he prefers a real-life approach, despite what can then happen. "Sometimes, it does get real. Too real [for a director] who's trying to keep a diplomatic set," he says.
LaBeouf is planning to get even more real in his newly-announced project, in which he is expected to strip all the way down for director Lars Von Trier's racy The Nymphomaniac
. But the Transformers
star tells the Associated Press he's "not choosing to be naked all the time" – and that he "didn't get into [acting] to be a porn guy."
Still, one can also see him in the buff in a music video for the Icelandic band Sigur Ros's song "Fjogur Piano." He tells AP the reaction to the eight-and-a-half-minute clip has been positive, and he feels "quite confident" about his performance.