Screen star Shia LaBeouf, whose public behavior of late has left many wondering about the future of his career and his emotional health, told Interview magazine that he “found God” during his most recent role in the action-war epic Fury (MPAA-R). LaBeouf, who in the film plays a stubbornly faithful soldier named Boyd “Bible” Swan, told the interviewer that both his co-star Brad Pitt and the director of the film, David Ayers, moved him toward the decision.
“I found God doing Fury,” said LaBeouf, 28. “I became a Christian man … 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. I had good people around me who helped me.”
LaBeouf, whose career includes prominent roles in Transformers, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and on the Disney Channel, has made headlines in the past few months for his erratic, somewhat disturbing behavior. He was arrested during a showing of Cabaret on Broadway for disorderly conduct and trespassing, plagiarized a short film and then apologized using a plagiarized apology, and just seems to rub his partner actors the wrong way everywhere he goes. But in this interview, he suggests that he has taken control of his life.
“I’ve been a runner my whole life, running from myself. Whether to movies or drinking and drugging … or whatever it is, I’ve always been running. I’m a dude who loves delusion. It’s why I love being an actor—I never have to actually look at myself or … take responsibility,” the actor explained.
Regarding Brad Pitt’s participation in his Christian faith experience: “Brad 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,” LaBeouf said. “Whereas [‘Fury’ writer-director] David Ayers is a full subscriber to Christianity.”
NOTE: The original LaBeouf interview contains explicit language.