Shia LaBeouf Gets Candid About Padre Pio, The Movie That Got Him Out Of Acting Exile

Shia LaBeouf was on the verge of making a great comeback in Hollywood with movies like Honey Boy, The Peanut Butter Falcon, and Pieces of a Woman until various allegations put him at the lowest point of his career. With all of the trouble that has followed the former Disney Channel star’s reputation in recent years, he’s been trying to earn forgiveness. He was almost ready to throw in the towel until he was approached about a new film opportunity that would get him out of his acting exile called Padre Pio. 

When Shia LaBeouf was hitting rock bottom in his career and his life in general, he joined a spiritual Zoom meeting where fate led him to director Abel Ferrara about taking on a role in Padre Pio. The 36-year-old said in his interview with Bishop Robert Barron that it didn’t feel like a simple coincidence to get offered a role like this when things were going so terribly for him. In the actor’s words:

This is early days in my what now looks like a salvific journey from my side. I was still egotistical; I was still grasping at straws. How do I hold on to what I’ve lost? How do I build a career again? How do I… and so when this director that I respected, I had known he made movies that I really loved. Bad Lieutenant for me is one of the greatest performances ever made. And I know he’s an actor’s director and the fact there’s this director reaching out to me – because at this point I’m nuclear, no one wants to talk to me, including my mother. Manager’s not calling. Agents not calling. I’m not connected to the business anymore. So the fact this man reached out to me felt like something like in my egoic mind, ‘Well this is a miracle. This is my chance.’ … Great, now I can get back on the horse.

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