Shia LaBeouf says he sent penis pictures to land ‘Nymphomaniac’ role

Actor stars in Lars von Trier's controversial film

Shia LaBeouf has revealed that he was required to send pictures of his penis to the production team behind Nymphomaniac.

The film, directed by Lars von Trier, is set to open in two parts on March 21 and April 18, 2014. LaBouef will take on the role of sleazy office worker Jerome in the controversial project, which co-stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and traces the sexual progress her character from youth to the age of 50.

Speaking about his involvement with the film, LaBouef told Zentropa Productions: “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.” He also revealed why he was attracted to the role, adding: “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, blasphemous, mini-juggernaut of a man.”

Von Trier has used digital technology to create incredibly graphic sex scenes for Nymphomaniac, as the project’s producer Louse Vesth explained in May last year (2013). “We shot the actors pretending to have sex and then had the body doubles, who really did have sex, and in post [production] we will digital-impose the two,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “So above the waist it will be the star and the below the waist it will be the doubles.”

Alongside Gainsbour and LaBeouf, von Trier has attracted a bumper ensemble cast for the project including Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Stellan Skarsgård, Willem Dafoe and Connie Nielsen.