|Directed by||Fredrik Bond|
|Produced by||Albert Berger
Craig J. Flores
|Written by||Matt Drake|
|Narrated by||John Hurt|
Evan Rachel Wood
|Music by||Christophe Beck|
|Editing by||Hughes Winborne|
|Studio||Bona Fide Productions
|Distributed by||Ascot Elite Entertainment Group
|Running time||108 minutes|
Charlie Countryman is a 2013 romantic comedy action film directed by Fredrik Bond, written by Matt Drake, and starring Shia LaBeouf, Rupert Grint, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen and Til Schweiger. The film premiered on January 21, 2013 at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was screened in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. The film was released November 15, 2013 in the United States and is set to be released on 14 February 2014 in the United Kingdom.
Charlie Countryman (LaBeouf) is just a normal guy until he meets and falls in love with Gabi (Wood), a Romanian girl, after he sits next to her father on a air flight that resulted in his death. But Gabi is married to Nigel (Mikkelsen), a violent and mentally unstable crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal. Armed with little more than his wit and naïve charm, Charlie endures one bruising beatdown after another to woo Gabi and keep her out of harm's way. Finally, his exploits of blind valor create such a mess that he's left with only one way out: to save the girl of his dreams, he has to die.
- Shia LaBeouf as Charlie Countryman
- Evan Rachel Wood as Gabriela "Gabi" Ibanescu
- Rupert Grint as Carl
- Mads Mikkelsen as Nigel
- Til Schweiger as Darko
- Vincent D'Onofrio as Bill
- Melissa Leo as Kate Countryman
- Vanessa Kirby as Felicity
- James Buckley as Luke
- Montserrat Lombard as Madison
- Lachlan Nieboer as Ted
- Adrian Pavlovschi as Pedrag
- Cosmin Padureanu as Bosko
- Cristian Nicolae as Craig
- John Hurt as Narrator
In the early development, Shia LaBeouf dropped out of the project and the title role was briefly given to Zac Efron before LaBeouf returned to the project in August 2010.
Filming took place between May and June 2012 and filmed on location in Romania.
LaBeouf reportedly tripped on acid while filming acid scenes. According to LaBeouf, he had to trip on the acid to really get into the head of his character and to emulate some of his acting heroes. "There’s a way to do an acid trip like Harold & Kumar and there's a way to be on acid. What I know of acting, Sean Penn actually strapped up to that electric chair in Dead Man Walking. These are the guys that I look up to."
Charlie Countryman has received negative reviews from critics, as it currently holds a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 45 reviews.
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