Ever since Shia LaBeouf cleaned up his act after exhibiting some extremely erratic behavior, everyone has been wondering what caused such a dramatic change.
Well the Fury actor opened up to Interview Magazine about his life and his antics in the last year or so and we're actually pretty surprised by what he had to say.
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Shia explained that one of the first people to ever try and curb his crazy side was none other than Ben Affleck!
When he failed, it wasn't until Shia worked with Brad Pitt on Fury recently that he turned to religion to have instill sort of balance in his life.
Since he's, ya know, a method actor, so his performances tend to bleed into his normal everyday life which isn't the best thing to happen sometimes.
Shia explained what Ben said to him, saying:
'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 said,] '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.
When you're in front of a film crew, the worst thing that an actor can be is boring, and that flows over into my life. Ben saw that I turned reality up to 11. I was a wild man at that wrap party. I was still very edgy and remained so for a long time—and that was sort of my appeal to a lot of directors and casting agents. Ben saw that and was trying to curb it before it became an issue. He was unsuccessful…'
Wow. That's really an incredible experience!
Imagine being a young actor and having Ben freakin' Affleck tell you that he believes in you!
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As for explaining his newfound acceptance of God in his life, Shia attributes it to a lot of different elements from filming Fury.
'I found God doing Fury. I became a Christian man, and not in a fucking 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. And you can't identify unless you're really going through it. It's a full-blown exchange of heart, a surrender of control. And while there's beauty to that, acting is all about control. So that was a wild thing to navigate.
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. He looked at religion like the people's opium, almost like a Marxist view on religion.
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. It was nice to have conversations with Brad about the family he came from and what he was using to get through the day.
People don't know this about Brad: He's a very thoughtful actor. That's not a motherfucker 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. I think every great artist is bipolar to some degree. To be great you have to have self-criticism, which, in that moment, becomes some sort of bipolar thing. You go from 'That was fucking great' to 'I'm fucking shit.' And Brad has a bipolar element to the way he deals with his work. We have a lot of similarities that way.'
Wow. Who knew that working on a film could be such a life-changing experience.
From his erratic art exhibit, to getting arrested to turning his life around, the actor really has turned his whole life around!
Color us impressed, Mr. LaBeouf!
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