Shia LaBeouf Gets into Character with Real Life Chest Tattoo

Posted on 6 July 2020
By Dana Andersen
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Shia LaBeouf is well known as an actor who goes as far as possible, to transform into his characters, but this may be the furthest he’s gone yet!

LaBeouf is starring in David Ayer’s most recent movie, The Tax Collector, as an intimidating crime lord named Creeper.

When his rival comes back to Los Angeles, his business is upended, and LaBeouf cared enough about the role he decided to have a permanent souvenir from the character.

This isn’t the first time he’s taken on a permanent change to his person for a movie though, for 2014’s Fury, the actor had a tooth pulled out, opened cuts on his face, and skipped showers.

For The Tax Collector, LaBeouf has gotten the characters impressive torso tattooed, for real.

The tattoo stretches from the top of his chest, down to his lower stomach, with ‘Creeper’ inked in all caps across his stomach.

This isn’t LaBeouf’s first tattoo, its joining quite a collection, including tattoo’s of stars like Missy Elliott, Prince, Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, and Dr.Dre.

David Ayer, writer and director of the movie, spoke about LaBeouf, saying “He’s one of the best actors I’ve worked with, and he’s the most committed to body and soul. 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.”

Considering the majority of the trailer shows LaBeouf looking suave in well tailored suit, it seems he made a very large commitment to the character and movie, which will more so be seen in real life.

Let’s be glad he didn’t land more heavily tattooed roles like the Joker.

Following LaBeouf’s successes in 2019, with the hugely emotional Honey Boy, from a screenplay he wrote while in rehab, focusing on his own life, and The Peanut Butter Falcon, which lead to co-star Dakota Johnson calling him ’the greatest actor of my generation’, many fans are looking forward to The Tax Collector.

Not to mention, the movie is a return to David Ayer exploring the Los Angeles crime scene, following his work on Netflix’s Bright.

The Tax Collector will be arriving on VOD and select cinemas on August 7.