Few people in Hollywood are more committed than Shia LaBeouf. 👀
Ahead of the release of the David Ayer-directed crime thriller Tax Collector next month, fans are gaining a new respect for LaBeouf's dedication after seeing pictures of his enormous, real torso tattoo that he got for his role.
LaBeouf plays Creeper, a ruthless Los Angeles tax collector who works alongside his partner David (Bobby Soto) to intimidate indebted gang members into paying money to his boss, named Wizard.
Ayer brings a certain intensity out of LaBeouf. When the pair first worked together on Fury, the 2014 WWII film also starring Brad Pitt and Michael Peña, LaBeouf cut a scar onto his cheek, regularly fought his castmates and had a tooth pulled to immerse himself in the gritty mood of the movie.
Earlier this year, Ayer praised the 34-year-old as "one of the best actors I've worked with" and talked about his all-in mentality during an interview with SlashFilm.
"He's one of the best actors I've worked with, and he's the most committed to body and soul," Ayer said. "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."
Bryan Ramirez, the artist behind the ink, noted in an Instagram post capturing the before, during and after of the process that LaBeouf's parents inspired the upper half of the art. Indeed, his dad is shown wearing clown makeup, a nod to his job that he had while LaBeouf was a child.
But near the bottom lies the name of the fictional enforcer he plays. Yup, he's really about that life.
When the first trailer was released, there was some confusion around whether LaBeouf was playing a Latino character. Responding to a concerned fan, Ayer clarified that Creeper is a "white boy who grew up in the hood" and claimed that LaBeouf is the "only white dude in the movie."
Here's what people online had to say about LaBeouf's new look.