Shia LaBeouf Heats Up ‘Interview’ Magazine, Talks about his Dad, Bizarre Behavior, and Finding Religion
Bad boy Shia LaBeouf puts his beefed-up body and scruffy beard on display in the latest issue of ‘Interview’ magazine.
The actor dished about his tumultuous relationship with his father, his ability to find his faith after filming the movie ‘Fury’ as well as his infamous bizarre behaviors.
“The only thing my father gave me that was of any value to me is pain,” he says on his relationship with his father. “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.”
Furthermore, LaBeouf shared about the positive experience he had while filming his upcoming flick ‘Fury’ and said it lead him to find his faith.
“I found God doing Fury. I became a Christian man, and not in a f–king bulls–t 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,” he said, crediting co-star Brad Pitt as “very instrumental” in his religious transformation.
LaBeouf, who recently sought treatment for alcohol addiction, also explained his bizarre behavior over the past year — like covering his head with a paper bag. He acknowledges that he’s trying to “reinvent” himself, though not in a very smart way.
“I’m not a very intelligent person, and you’ve got to be a f–king genius to learn from other people’s mistakes, because you’ve got to be a very smart man to learn from your own,” he says.
“You’re only as good as your last thing, and I’m only thinking about the next thing,” he adds. “I’ve been a runner my whole life, running from myself. Whether to movies or drinking and drugging or f–king calamity 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 be faced with my s–t or take responsibility. So it’s been an eye-opening thing to have to look at myself, at my life, and have these reflective moments.”
LaBeouf’s Interview magazine cover story hits newsstands November 11.