It's no secret that actor Shia LaBeouf has exhibited some odd behavior in the past, but the actor — who stars in the new movie "Fury" — said in a recent expletive-laden interview that he has "found God" and become "a Christian man."
While speaking with Interview Magazine about playing a Christian character named Boyd 'Bible' Swan in the film, LaBeouf revealed his own apparent conversion to Christianity.
"I found God doing 'Fury.' I became a Christian man, and not in a f***ing bulls**t way — in a very real way," he said. "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."
Shia LaBeouf arrives at the New York special screening of "Fury" on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/InvisionAP)
LaBeouf said that it was "a full-blown exchange of heart, a surrender of control," noting, though, that acting is about control, which made performing in the film "a wild thing" to navigate.
The actor also credited co-star Brad Pitt with helping guide him through the process.
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He said that Pitt grew up in a Christian home, but later rejected the faith and moved toward an unnamed spirituality, whereas David Ayers, the writer and director of "Fury," is a Christian. He interacted with both individuals while on set.
"But these two diametrically opposed positions both lead to the same spot, and I really looked up to both men," he said. "It was nice to have conversations with Brad about the family he came from and what he was using to get through the day."
[sharequote align="center"]"It was a real thing that really saved me."[/sharequote]
LaBeouf also said in the interview that he's been "going through an existential crisis" and cited his recent behavior as evidence. The actor went on to claim that he feels hopefulness in both his life and in his work — a departure from the past.
This photo released by Sony Pictures Entertainment shows, Brad Pitt, left, as Wardaddy, and Shia LaBeouf as Boyd "Bible" Swan, in a scene from Columbia Pictures' "Fury." (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Entertainment, Giles Keyte)
"Whereas originally I was a very cynical dude, I was very postmodern. The way I dealt with the crises in my life, I was very cynical," he said.
Read the entire interview — which contains strong language — here.