In our day of easy-believism and embracing a Jesus that requires no repentance, it’s no surprise that celebrities and the so-called Christians who kiss up to them for the sake of name-dropping and photo ops are really confused about who Jesus really is and what he requires of his followers. The latest example of this is 28-year-old actor Shia LaBeouf, one of the stars in the war drama Fury.
In a recent interview with Interview magazine, LaBeouf gives a glimpse of what’s going on in his heart and mind, revealing a very disturbed, very pitiful soul. I pray he will one day encounter the true life-changing-make-you-wanna-do-a-180 Jesus of the Bible. I have to admit, I have mixed feelings about him. A part of me would like to yell at him about getting his act together and the other part of me feels sorry for him because he just doesn’t know what he doesn’t know.
Anyway, here’s the overall breakdown of this interview:
- He attributes his recent arrest and being kicked out of a Broadway show as ‘method acting’ to irritate actor Alec Baldwin. However, in this ‘method acting’ episode he put his hands on people.
- LaBeouf claims his problems are due to his very strained relationship with his dad and his seeking solace in drugs and alcohol.
- In the movie Fury, he plays a Christian soldier and says playing this part helped him find God. Then he goes on to explain “I became a Christian man, and not in a f***ing b******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 goes on to say, “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.”
- The actor indulges himself in some self-pity over dissatisfaction with parts of his career and money not bringing him happiness when he states, ‘I felt like I was being blamed for everything wrong with every movie I’d ever been a part of. Which may well have been the case. … And then you’ve got everybody around you going, “How could you not feel joy? Look at all the blessings. Look at all this money that you have. Look at all these opportunities that you have.” And you can’t be grateful because these aren’t things you ever got into this m**********r for.’
All in all, LaBeouf with his profanity-laced statements seems to be your typical self-obsessed entertainer who blames others a lot and maybe hasn’t accepted full responsibility for his actions yet. Hopefully one day he’ll arrive at a genuine Jesus moment and become a new creation inwardly who displays it outwardly.
Source: Elvis Mitchell, Shia LaBeouf, Interviewmagazine.com, November 2014.