“Oh, I love this boy. He’s one of the best actors I’ve ever seen,” Pitt told British GQ. “He’s full-on commitment, man. He’s living it like no one else, let me tell you. I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of great actors. He’s one of the best I’ve seen.”
The praise from such a respected movie star comes at a good time for LaBeouf, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to disorderly conduct charges in New York City, where he was arrested in June for disrupting a performance of “Cabaret.”
The deal LaBeouf struck with prosecutors requires the 28-year-old actor to continue receiving alcohol treatment, which he began voluntarily, for the next three months.
LaBeouf is notorious for his method approach to acting. His “Lawless” costar Mia Wasikowska,”nearly bailed on the movie,” LaBeouf once said, because of his intentional binge drinking to prepare to play the role of a moonshiner. Wasikowska confirmed LaBeouf’s tales to be “all true.”
Rumor has it that LaBeouf ripped out his own tooth on the set of “Fury,” a World War II tank drama written and directed by David Ayer (“End of Watch”), and refused to shower to “better understand how his character would have felt living in the trenches.”
The behavior reportedly bothered Ayer, Pitt and the rest of the cast and crew to the point where LaBeouf was sent to stay in a different hotel.
Pitt did not comment on the allegations just yet, but history has taught us that LaBeouf’s co-stars tend to eventually open up about his antics to the media.