Shia LaBeouf had to send pictures of his penis for film role

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Shia LaBeouf had to send pictures of his penis for film role

Shia LaBeouf has revealed that he had to send pictures of his penis to the producers of his latest film, 'Nymphomaniac'.

Director Lars Von Trier is controversially using porn industry actors and actresses for the unsimulated sex in the movie, and then digitally recomposing the shots with his acting cast.

But before such plans were in place, LaBeouf has spoken of the 'fear' that struck his reps once Von Trier's people got in touch.

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“The first info we got - and I'll never forget this because my entire team reacted with such a fear - the first request on the production end, not from Lars, was pictures of my penis,” he said in an interview with Von Trier's Zentropa Productions.

In the movie, LaBeouf plays Jerome, who appears in the second 'chapter' of the film. He has a relationship with Joe, the film's titular nymphomaniac, played at that stage of the film by Stacy Martin.

Joe's role is also played as an older woman by Charlotte Gainsbourg.

LaBeouf, who has scarcely been out of the headlines recently thanks to a row over plagiarism with graphic artist Daniel Clowes and a row over not showering with Brad Pitt, added that he wanted to play the role like Christian Bale in 'American Psycho'.

“Previously in my career I'd been the everyman or the normal guy stuck in this extraordinary situation,” he said.

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“Jerome was the opportunity to play a slimy, evil, blasphemous, mini-juggernaut of a man. The way into the character is, you ask yourself, what about you is pugnacious, what about you is vain, and you just turn it all up, you just amplify all of it.

“So I became quite physical, it became like 'American Psycho'. It became that without the killing.

“A lot of tip to Christian Bale in that movie because a lot of Jerome in my mind was that same kind of neurosis and self-centredness as a Wall Street broker or someone like that.”

LeBeouf finds himself among a star-studded cast in the film, including Willem Dafoe, Christian Slater, Stellan Skarsgard, Jamie Bell and Uma Thurman.

It's due out in the UK in two parts, the first being released on February 21 and the second on March 21.