Is Shia LaBeouf Christian now? In the not too distant past, the actor has made headlines and even been arrested for what could just be called strange bad behavior. But the actor — who stars in the new movie Fury — said in a recent expletive-filled interview that he has “found God” and become a “Christian man.”
An interview with Shia LaBeouf by Interview Magazine shed an insightful look into LaBeouf’s life, including some of his headline-making antics. When he was asked about playing a man of faith in the movie Fury, LaBeouf proclaimed his apparent conversion to Christianity.
“I found God doing Fury. I became a Christian man, and not in a f***ing bull***t way — in a very real way. I could have just said the prayers that were on the page. But it was a real thing that really saved me. And you can’t identify unless you’re really going through it. It’s a full-blown exchange of heart, a surrender of control. And while there’s beauty to that, acting is all about control. So that was a wild thing to navigate.”
A very honest statement from the young actor who despite his recent bad headlines is trying to figure things out. In the past, LaBeouf had expressed how unsure he was about his life.
“Sometimes I feel like I’m living a meaningless life. I know I am one of the luckiest dudes in America right now. I have a great house. My parents don’t have to work. I’ve got money. I’m famous. But it could all change, man. It could go away. You never know.”
In speaking about his insecurities, Heaven4Sure said he explained it this way, “I have no idea where this insecurity comes from, but it is like a God-sized hole. If I knew, I’d fill it, and I’d be on my way.” From his interview with Interview Magazine he is making steps to fill this “God-sized hole.” He noted two fellow actors as being help along the way.
LaBeouf gave credit to Ben Affleck for being the first to try without success to help curb his crazy side. According to PerezHilton.com, it wasn’t until LaBeouf worked with Brad Pitt on Fury recently that he turned to God to help find some direction in life.
“Ben is a really charming dude. He was the first guy who really took me off to the side and made me feel like I could do it. [He said,] ‘Keep your head on straight, kid, and don’t let all this get to you.’ He knew that I had cameras in my face and that there were expectations to perform. I think that’s always been my issue. I’m prone to theatrics in my life.”
“When you’re in front of a film crew, the worst thing that an actor can be is boring, and that flows over into my life. Ben saw that I turned reality up to 11. I was a wild man at that wrap party. I was still very edgy and remained so for a long time — and that was sort of my appeal to a lot of directors and casting agents. Ben saw that and was trying to curb it before it became an issue. He was unsuccessful …”
During his time of the filming of Fury he was able to talk with Brad Pitt and Fury writer director David Ayers.
“I had good people around me who helped me. Brad [Pitt] was really instrumental in guiding my head through this. Brad comes from a hyper-religious, very deeply Christian, Bible Belt life, and he rejected it and moved toward an unnamed spirituality. He looked at religion like the people’s opium, almost like a Marxist view on religion.”
“Whereas David [Ayers] is a full subscriber to Christianity. But these two diametrically opposed positions both lead to the same spot, and I really looked up to both men. It was nice to have conversations with Brad about the family he came from and what he was using to get through the day.”
“People don’t know this about Brad: He’s a very thoughtful actor. That’s not a motherf***er who just shows up and does the job. He puts a lot in, so you get a lot out. He’s hard on himself, very hard. I think every great artist is bipolar to some degree. To be great you have to have self-criticism, which, in that moment, becomes some sort of bipolar thing. You go from ‘That was f***ing great’ to ‘I’m f***ing shit.’ And Brad has a bipolar element to the way he deals with his work. We have a lot of similarities that way.”
LaBeouf’s proclamation of finding God and becoming a Christian man is a little odd with the expletives, but each individual is at their own place in their spiritual journey. But you would hope this is one landmark in LaBeouf’s life that will be a point for turning his life around.
What do you think of the insights Shia LaBeouf gave of his life and his conversion to Christianity?