Actor Shia LaBeouf has been talking about his latest role in the WW2 film Fury on Jimmy Kimmel Live and the 28-year-old seems to have taken method acting to a new level, after having a healthy tooth removed for the part. The Transformers star now has a prosthetic tooth filling the space on the bottom jaw.
The interview, which aired on Monday, revealed that LaBeouf had the healthy tooth extracted deliberately in order to delve deeper into the role of a soldier fighting in France during the Second World War. Shia told Jimmy Kimmel that he initially had some trouble finding a dentist that would perform the procedure and called it a ‘mission’ because most dentists are not going to extract a healthy tooth at the behest of a patient.
Shia was told several times that the extraction ‘doesn’t make any medical sense at all’ because there was nothing physically wrong with the tooth, but the actor eventually managed to find a dental professional willing to carry out the treatment. He explained ‘I found a guy in Reseda next to a Radio Shack and he didn’t ask too many questions.’
Shia’s new dental condition can be viewed on the big screen when Fury is released in the UK towards the end of October.