Shia LaBeouf Claims ‘Fury’ Made Him Christian, Thanks Brad Pitt, David Ayer
Oct 21, 2014 04:55 AM EDT
"Fury" star Shia LaBeouf has recently revealed that he became a Christian because of the box-office hit World War II movie where he plays a soldier with a war name "Bible."
"I found God doing 'Fury.' I became a Christian man," LaBeouf said in an interview featured in the November issue of Interview Magazine adding that it was in a "very real way" and not in a "f---ing bull---t way."
For LaBeouf, he could have just said the prayers that were on the page, but it was a real thing that really saved him as "Fury" features several Christian messages including God's grace and Christ's redemption, according to Breitbart.
Moreover, LaBeouf also said that he had good people around him who helped him and thanked "Fury" director David Ayers and his co-star Brad Pitt for being among those people.
"David is a full subscriber to Christianity, but these two diametrically opposed positions both lead to the same spot," he said of the director.
He added, "Brad was really instrumental in guiding my head through this."
Angelina Jolie's husband "comes from a hyper-religious, very deeply Christian, Bible Belt life, and he rejected it and moved toward an unnamed spirituality," according to LaBeouf adding he really looked up to Ayer and Pitt.
According to Ayer, he had LaBeouf spend time with a World War II veteran, Don Evans, who worked with the Second Armored Division, to help the actor explore the contrast between his character's belief in God and interest in killing, Gospel Herald reported.
The director said LaBeouf was "willing to commit and transform and really submerge himself in the role" so he did "a vast amount of prep work and shadowed a military Chaplin to better understand how to minister the troops and how scripture related to the soldier's life."
While LaBeouf's "Fury" character goes by his war name "Bible" due to this Christian belief, Michael Pena plays an alcoholic Mexican named "Gordo" and John Bernthal plays an aggressive Southerner named "Coon-Ass."