Cultural Conversations Pop Culture by Daniel Blackaby September 4, 2022
The Gospel According to Shia LaBeouf?
Actor Shia LaBeouf (Transformers, Honey Boy, Fury) is no stranger to making headlines. Throughout his career, controversies have been nearly as frequent as his film output. In fact, LaBeouf is currently involved in “he said/she said” drama related to his exit from the upcoming Olivia Wilde-directed film Don’t Worry Darling. When LaBeouf’s name is trending, it’s typically not good news. Yet, he recently caused a social media stir for a much different reason—his conversion to Catholicism.
As part of immersive preparation for a lead role in the upcoming film Padre Pio, LaBeouf spent time living among a religious community. In the process, he not only gathered valuable insight to utilize in his acting performance, but he also found God. LeBeouf shared about his spiritual journey in a fascinating conversation with Bishop Barron. In the interview, LaBeouf talks about hitting his lowest point, becoming estranged from his friends and family, and contemplating suicide. He details why the Catholic faith resonated so strongly with him on an emotional level and what the gospel means to him, summing it up in two words: “Let go.”
Shia LaBeouf is a complicated individual with a history of both volatile behavior and abuse, and his public religious conversion will place him in the spotlight even more than usual. Only time will reveal the fruit of his new faith, but hopefully this is the beginning of a powerful testimony of God’s saving grace. You can watch the interview below.