Shia LaBeouf’s A Metamodernist Christian Now
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If you’re wondering what the fuck that headline means, let me get the answer right out of the way. Nothing. It means absolutely nothing other than it’s one of the rambling, navel-gazing responses Shia LaBeouf mouth-farted to Interview Magazine during what felt like an endless diatribe on art, life, and how acting is dying in front of an audience? (Sadly, not literally.)
Since the 14th century there’s been this martyrdom in art, Jesus on a cross, the Apostles being boiled in oil. But that also exists in cinema—martyrdom. Theater is about dying, about doing it so that other people don’t have to. I’m showing up with a set of problems, and I hope that they die when I’m done.
So okay, I understand how looking at a painting of Jesus on a cross reminds you how you’ll never get to bang Megan Fox again, because looking at anything should be reminding you of that, but what exactly does Christianity have to do with being an uncontrollable, drunk rage monster?
I found God doing Fury. [Ed. Note: This movie was shot a full year before his drunken NYC theater arrest, so yeah…] I became a Christian man, and not in a fucking bullshit way—in a very real way. I could have just said the prayers that were on the page. But it was a real thing that really saved me. And you can’t identify unless you’re really going through it. It’s a full-blown exchange of heart, a surrender of control.
Still not getting it…
There’s no rehearsed fight scenes. You’re getting punched in the face for real. There is no room for actors. It was like becoming Christian—you subject yourself to everything that’s coming. You relinquish everything.
It almost sounds like he’s saying that finding Christianity brought him to the realization that there’s no such thing as acting. You take a role, you just live your life like you’re that person until the movie wraps whether you’re on set or not, wreak a bunch of havoc in your path, then chalk it all up to God’s will and move on. I’d say he got it completely.
It’s why I love being an actor—I never have to actually look at myself or be faced with my shit or take responsibility. So it’s been an eye-opening thing to have to look at myself, at my life, and have these reflective moments.
So just to recap: Step 1. Become actor. Step 2. Use fame to become giant asshole. Step 3. Something, something Jesus. Step 4. Periodically go “Oh wow, I did all that? My bad.” *kiss two fingers, point to sky* Step 5. Continue being fabulously wealthy and existing entirely in the bubble of your crazy, crazy mind.