Shia LaBeouf found God – and that’s during the preparations for his new movie, as he now tells.
Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf (“Transformers”) said that he came close to the Catholic faith while preparing for the role of Padre Pio.
“I didn’t want to be an actor anymore and my life was a mess,” said the 36-year-old. In a 90-minute YouTube interview with Bishop Robert Barron. He hurt a lot of people and felt very ashamed and guilty. “I longed not to be here anymore,” the actor said.
“God used my ego to draw me to Him.”
On the stage, director Abel Ferrara offered him the role, after which he dealt with Padre Pio and Catechism. “I now know that God used my ego to draw me toward himself, and he drew me away from worldly desires,” said LaBeouf. However, his interest in the role was not of a purely spiritual nature: his original motive for all this was to save his career, as he admitted in an interview.
Padre Pio is scheduled to be shown at the Venice International Film Festival in September. The monk Capuchin Pader Pio (1887-1968) is one of Italy’s most famous national saints.
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