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Shia LaBeouf Becomes A Catholic; Says Role In ‘Padre Pio’ Made Him Convert

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American actor and filmmaker Shia LaBeouf revealed that he converted to Catholicism after being cast in Padre Pio as the titular character. The actor comes from a mixed Jewish and Christian household.

The 36-year-old said he became drawn to spirituality as he battled suicidal ideation and deep-rooted feelings of shame. To prepare his role in the upcoming film of Abel Ferrara, he researched the late Italian monk and stayed in a monastery.

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When I walked into this, my life was on fire: Shia LaBeouf

In the interview with “Bishop Barron Presents” which is hosted by Bishop Robert Barron, the actor said that he put himself to the path of conversion for his most upcoming acting role in “Padre Pio.”

“I had a gun on the table. I was outta here,” the Eagle Eye star told Bishop Barron during the interview of 80-minute, posted on YouTube on Thursday. The Fury actor expressed how he is in with Jesus Christ, Mary and Joseph.

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The actor explained: “It was seeing other people who have sinned beyond anything I could ever conceptualize also being found in Christ that made me feel like, ‘Oh, that gives me hope. I started hearing experiences of other depraved people who had found their way in this, and it made me feel like I had permission.”

“When I walked into this, my life was on fire,” he went on, “I was walking down a hill. It wasn’t like I willingly came in here on a white horse singing show tunes. I came in here on fire, and I didn’t want to be an actor anymore. And my life was a complete mess, and I had hurt a lot of people. I felt deep shame, guilt. I didn’t like to go outside much. I really had a journey here and I was on my way out.”

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LaBeouf became a subject of temper issues publicly in December 2020, almost one year prior to filming for Padre Pio started in Italy.

All the while, the actor was hit with a lawsuit by his ex-girlfriend, the singer Tahliah Debrett Barnett, who is popularly known as FKA Twigs, for sexual battery, the exaction of affectional anguish, and assault. The “Killer” singer alleged LaBeouf of knowingly giving her a sexually transmitted disease which was among other abuses.

“Generally and specifically” the accusations were denied by LaBeouf.

On 17th April 2023, the lawsuit is set to go to trial in Los Angeles.

At the time of his interview with Barron LaBeouf did not touch on any accusations or legal trials. Anyhow, he expresses that before filming the biopic, he has also experienced a deep sense of isolation.

“I had nowhere to go. This was the last stop on the train. There was nowhere else to go. In every sense,” the actor explained. “I know now that God was using my ego to draw me to him… It was seeing other people who have sinned beyond anything I could ever conceptualize also being found in Christ that made me feel like, ‘Oh, that gives me hope.’” [H/T Today.com]

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