Shia LaBeouf was suicidal before finding faith

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Shia LaBeouf was suicidal before turning to God.

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The ‘Transformers’ actor studied Catholicism while preparing for his upcoming film ‘Padre Pio’ – which is about the saint of the same name – and admitted he came at a time when he was overwhelmed with » shame » after being accused of sexual assault by ex-girlfriend FKA Twigs in 2020, which led him to check into rehab and part ways with his agents.

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Speaking to Bishop Robert Barron of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, he said: “I had a gun on the table. I was out of here. I didn’t want to be alive when all this happened. A shame like I’ve never felt before – the kind of shame that you forget how to breathe. You don’t know where to go. You can’t go out and eat a taco.

« But I was also in this deep desire to hold on. »

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The 36-year-old star’s research has given her « hope » that she can get back on track.

He added: « It was seeing other people who have sinned beyond anything I could ever conceptualize being also found in Christ that made me feel like, ‘Oh, this gives me strength. ‘hope « .

« I started hearing about the experiences of other depraved people who had found their way – in this field – and it made me feel like I had permission… »

LaBeouf felt drawn to a more spiritual life and explored various traditions to see which felt best, including living in a monastery alongside Capuchin Franciscan friars.

« I know now that God was using my ego to draw me to him, » he said. “Step away from worldly desires. Everything was happening simultaneously. But there would’ve been no impetus for me to get in my car, drive [to the monastery] if I didn’t think, ‘Oh, I’m going to save my career.’

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And the ‘Honey Boy’ actor explained that Catholicism appealed to him because it « requires total immersion. »

Discussing his working process after being asked if he considered himself a method actor, he said, “I don’t really identify with that school of thought.

“I feel a lot of things, I have a big heart. I don’t know if I’m a method guy – and I think some of this stuff is ridiculous.

“I like to be immersive. I love all immersive experiences, not just gaming. That’s probably why I love Catholicism too. I love adventure, and that requires total immersion.

“I would consider myself an immersive actor, but method acting smells bad. Kinda goofy, kinda, just like, naughty.

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