Shia LaBeouf appeared to be a changed man during his recent appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and maybe now we know why!
The actor spoke candidly to Interview magazine about how his latest movie helped him find God as he battles his inner demons.
The 28-year-old actor spoke to Interview magazine, explaining his struggles and what made him change his way of thinking.
Shia also struck a pose in just a towel as well as a photo showing him putting out a cigarette on his tongue. Um…okay.
Does anyone else find this photo disturbing yet sexy?
LaBeouf, who will be featured in the November issue of the publication, opened up about his recent run-in with the law that landed him in jail and ordered into alcohol rehabilitation.
The actor explained that his behavior and drug and alcohol abuse had been his way of escaping.
He shared, “I’ve been a runner my whole life, running from myself. Whether to movies or drinking and drugging or f***ing calamity or whatever it is, I’ve always been running.”
But Shia credits his time on the set of his new film “Fury” helped him change his ways. But he obviously still has a potty mouth!
LaBeouf stated, “I found God doing Fury. I became a Christian man, and not in a f***ing bullshit 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.
“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. Whereas [Fury writer-director] 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”.
Shia had become known for not getting along well with his castmates, but praised Brad Pitt. Brad stars as his commanding officer in the film.
The “Transformers” star said, “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.”
Shia also credited others in the industry for supporting him after his arrest.
One surprising person that reached out to him was Alec Baldwin, who was instrumental in getting Shia fired from play the “Orphans”.
LaBeouf said, “I’ve made peace with Baldwin. He was the first dude to hit me up after I got out of court. He sent me an e-mail. It’s really beautiful. I was crying on an airplane.”
He also credits Ben Affleck for trying to steer him in the right direction. Shia said of Ben, “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 told me] ”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. Ben saw that I turned reality up to 11. I was a wild man at that wrap party. Ben saw that and was trying to curb it before it became an issue. He was unsuccessful.”
The actor said his upbringing was rough and that his relationship with his father is complicated.
His dad Jeffrey is a convicted criminal, Vietnam vet, and a member of the Mongols motorcycle gang. He financially supports his father.
LaBeouf told the magazine, “The only thing my father gave me that was of any value to me is pain. The only time my dad will ever talk to me is when I need him at work. He knows to pick up the Skype phone call, and he knows what I’m looking for. It’s not to say ‘Hey, Dad.’ We manipulate each other. We service each other. I use him when I go to work. It’s not a real conversation; it’s just an excuse to rev up. He’s the marionette puppeteer.
“My dad is the key to most of my base emotions. My greatest and my worst memories are with my father, all my major trauma and major celebration came from him. It’s a negative gift. And I’m not ready to let go of it, because anger has a lot of power. And I financially support his whole lifestyle. I pay him to be my marionette puppeteer.”
Shia stated that he is trying to control his emotions, but his method acting means he loses touch with himself again.
He explained, “I’m trying to find a way to have some control over my actions, my behaviour, my ideas, my thoughts, my path in life. But it’s very new for me. There’s a f***ing price to some movies. Some movies you don’t get back what you give.”
“Fury” is in theaters now and currently tops the box office.
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