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The CRAZY Thing Shia LaBeouf Did to Prepare for The Peanut Butter Falcon Role

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9/5/19 8:13AM PST

Written by: Michael Clouse

EXCLUSIVE – Shia LaBeouf’s commitment to acting has long been proven, and yet we are continually blown away by the preparation he does to prepare for a role!

LaBeouf’s latest movie has him playing a low level outlaw in The Peanut Butter Falcon. His character, Tyler, is a crab fisherman who is on the run after burning the equipment of another fisherman. While running, he meets Zak, played by Zach Gottsagen, and helps him follow his dream of becoming a professional wrestler after escaping from an assisted living home.

As with many of his previous roles, LaBeouf wanted to experience the riggers of his on-screen persona in The Peanut Butter Falcon, to learn mannerisms and movements.

“He got a job on a crab-fishing boat,” shared Tyler Nilson, who co-wrote and directed the film with partner, Michael Schwartz.

Nilson and Schwartz appeared on The NotSam Network’s The Tomorrow Show with Keven Undergaro and Roxy Striar when they talked about getting LaBeouf experience, which was work in itself.

“We met a guy named Rob that had a boat and I became good buddies with him and then I was like ‘hey, could Shia like come work with you?’ and he was like, ‘I don’t like Hollywood people. I don’t even have a TV. I’m not into it,'” said Nilson. However, Nilson was persistent. “I was like, ‘but this guy’s different’ and then he was like ‘okay, he can have one, he can, one day he can come.’”

Crab-fishing is an early morning activity so Rob requested LaBeouf show up at 3:30am in order to be out by 4am. The early start allows for work to be completed before the day gets too hot.

However, even when LaBeouf showed up, Rob was skeptical.

“So Shia showed up at like 3:30 in the morning and just sat and was like ‘I’m here’ and Rob just didn’t answer his door and just looked at him through the blinds as was like ‘cool, like I’ll come out when I’m ready,'” said Nilson, “made Shia wait and then came out like an hour and a half later and was like ‘okay, lets go’ and then put him through the heat of the day.”

When the day finished, Rob thought that would be the end of his training with LaBeouf, but LaBeouf wanted more.

“He [Rob] was like ‘alright, well you’re done, like you’re not coming back tomorrow’ and Shia was like ‘can I please come back tomorrow?’ And he did it for months.”

This isn’t the first time LaBeouf has undergone significant training for a role. For his role as Boyd “Bible” Swan in Fury (2014), LaBeouf said he trained with the US National Guard, pulled out one of is own teeth, cut his face, and didn’t bathe for four months! It’s that dedication that makes him of the best to watch on screen.

The final product in The Peanut Butter Falcon shows the result of the training, as LaBeouf appears to be a natural fisherman. Not only that, but because of the relationship they formed with Rob, Nilson and Schwartz put him in the movie!

The film has received incredibly positive reviews by fans since opening in August. The movie has a 95% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.0 score on IMDb.

The movie is also getting some buzz for the upcoming awards season, especially for LaBeouf’s performance, but both Nilson and Schwartz are staying silent on that. Instead, like LaBeouf, they’ll let their work to the talking.

For the full interview with Nilson and Schwartz, where they detail how they made the movie from a tent while homeless, click the link above to watch the entire episode!