“My world is shattered,” Shia LaBeouf said of a period in his life that included car crashes, court-ordered rehab, emotional outbursts — and Broadway interruptions. Cabaret Starring Emma Stone — as well as an out-and-out violent episode and a trial by him Honey Boy Co-star FKA Twigs accused the actor of sexual battery and assault. The case will be heard in April.
That long list of life lessons included his dismissal from Olivia Wilde’s Buzzy. Don’t worry darling. Wilde spoke about the decision for the first time in an interview with Variety this week.
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“I say this as someone who is a huge fan of his work,” she said. “His process didn’t suit the ethos I was demanding in my production. He has a process that in some ways seems to require combative energy and I personally don’t believe it’s conducive to best performance.”
LaBeouf has admitted in an interview that he needs friction and conflict for his performance. This almost drove him out of the industry.
“I’m nuclear at this point,” LaBeouf recalled of the time in an interview. No one wants to talk to me, including my mother. My manager doesn’t call. Agent does not call. I am no longer connected with the business.”
At that time he said that he was preparing to commit suicide.
“I had a gun on my table. I was out of here,” he said in the above YouTube interview with Bishop Robert Barron of Word on Fire Catholic Ministry. “After all this, I didn’t want to be alive. Shame like I’ve never felt before — the kind of shame that makes you forget how to breathe. You don’t know where to go. You can’t go out and go like a taco.”
LaBeouf said his life was saved, his conversion to Roman Catholicism brought him to the other side of those dark times, research that prompted him to play the title role in Abel Ferreira’s controversial film. 20th century monks, Father P.O. The film is having its world premiere in Venice through the Giornate degli Autori, a sidebar parallel to the fest.
The actor revealed that the genesis of the project was meeting Ferrara in a Zoom meeting for a “spiritual event” that they both agreed to.
“I am in this spiritual program. We have meetings. And another person who was in these meetings was Abel Ferreira.
“He wrote me in the chat box, ‘Do you know about Padre Pio?’” added the actor.
LaBeouf says the result is that he’s been able to let go of what he calls the “old me” and “cause my life to cause serious pain and damage to other people.”
About the person he calls “the woman who accused me of all this”, he says, “I wanted to go on Twitter and write all these things… I wanted to justify and explain all these things. Now I see that… the woman saved my life. She “There was a saint in my life for me. She saved my life.”
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