Shia LaBeouf had his whole chest tattooed for new movie role

Ben Arnold
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Shia LaBeouf arrives at the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Shia LaBeouf (Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Director David Ayer has revealed that Shia LaBeouf had his whole chest tattooed for the role in his latest movie.

The Transformers star is the lead in Suicide Squad director Ayer's new movie The Tax Collector, due for release in August.

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It finds LaBeouf playing an enforcer for a crime lord, who collects the cut of profits from smaller local gangs.

The Tax Collector (Credit: RLJE Films)
The Tax Collector (Credit: RLJE Films)

LaBeouf also starred in Ayer's movie Fury in 2014, during which he had a tooth pulled out for the role, and also cut his face, leaving him with a permanent scar.

“He’s one of the best actors I’ve worked with, and he’s the most committed to body and soul,” Ayer said in an interview with Slashfilm.

“He had a tooth pulled on Fury, and then on Tax Collector, he got his whole chest tattooed.

“So, he kind of goes all in, and I’ve never known anyone that committed.”

Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman in Fury (Credit: Sony)
Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman in Fury (Credit: Sony)

As well as pulling a tooth out, it was said that while making Fury, LaBeouf also stopped showering in order to better understand his character, a member of a tank crew in World War II, leading to him being placed in a different accommodation, away from the rest of the cast.

However, he's since turned his back on method acting.

He told Variety in 2016: “The word is getting embarrassing. You don't hear about female method actors. The whole thing has turned into weird, false masculinity s**t.”

The Tax Collector also stars Bobby Soto, Cinthya Carmona and George Lopez.