Shia LaBeouf sent pictures of his penis as part of his audition for Lars von Trier’s drama Nymphomaniac. Shia stars alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg in the film about a woman, Joe, recounting the raunchy events in her life from her youth to her fifties to her husband, played by Stellan Skarsgard.
Shia revealed to Zentropa Productions: ‘I got a call from my agent [about working with Lars] and I said, ‘Yeah, anything, any role.’ And then 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.
I’d been looking for an adversarial role. Previously in my career I’d been the everyman or the normal guy stuck in this extraordinary situation. Jerome was the opportunity to play a slimy, evil f***ing blasphemous, mini-juggernaut of a man. I trusted Lars implicitly.’