The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman
|The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman|
|Directed by||Fredrik Bond|
|Produced by||Albert Berger
Craig J. Flores
|Written by||Matt Drake|
Evan Rachel Wood
|Editing by||Hughes Winborne|
|Studio||Bona Fide Productions
|Distributed by||Ascot Elite Entertainment Group
|Running time||108 minutes|
The Necessary Death of 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 was released on January 21, 2013 at the Sundance Film Festival and was screened in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.
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 plane 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 beat down 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
- Aubrey Plaza
- Evan Rachel Wood as Gabi Banyai
- Rupert Grint as Carl
- Mads Mikkelsen as Nigel
- Til Schweiger as Darko
- Melissa Leo as Charlie's mother
- Vanessa Kirby as Felicity
- James Buckley as Luke
- Montserrat Lombard as Madison
- Lachlan Nieboer as Ted
- Adrian Pavlovschi as Bosko
- Cosmin Padureanu as Pedrag
- 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."
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