It appears that Shia LeBeouf fans have something to get very excited about. Recently it was rumoured he was in talks to join Lars Von Trier’s nymphomaniac, a film we knew was going to feature some hardcore scenes (there’ll be both hardcore and softcore versions created). However what we didn’t know is whether the on-screen sex was going to involve LaBeouf, and is his character is involved, whether there would be a body double.
Well, while LaBeouf was slightly elliptical in a new interview with MTV, he does seem to suggest he will indeed be getting it on for real in the movie. He says, “There’s a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we’re doing it for real. Everything that is illegal, we’ll shoot in blurred images. Other than that, everything is happening.”
It seems LaBeouf was interested in working with a ‘dangerous’ director like Melancholia and Antichrist’s Lars Von Trier, as well as pushing himself beyond the edge of what he’d normally be comfortable with. If you live in the US, you can see the MTV interview with Shia here. LaBeouf has said recently he’s no longer that interested in making big, shiny Hollywood movies and will instead be looking to work in smaller, more challenging projects with ‘visionary’ directors. Nymphomaniac seems to fit with that, even if he does admit to being rather scared of Von Trier.
Just a few years ago having real sex in a film would have been career suicide for someone of LaBeouf’s stature, but many are likely to see this as a brave choice for Shia, especially if the movie is good and not just of prurient interest. The film centres on the erotic adventures of a woman from her youth to the age of fifty. It is told through the eyes of her husband Joe (Stellan Skarsgård). Shia LaBeouf’s exact role in the film has not been revealed. Charlotte Gainsbourg also star.
This won’t be LaBeouf’s first brush with nudity, as he recently appeared nude in an experimental music video from Sigur Ros. The image above is from that short film, and you can watch the whole thing here.