The American actor Shia LaBeouf in the theater at the Lido next to Abel Ferrara at the premiere of the film “Padre Pio”
“It’s true, Padre Pio saved my life.” The protagonist of the Father Pio by Abel Ferrara, Shia LaBeouf, the Hollywood star with a turbulent past, after having avoided red carpets and various press meetings, today finally “appeared” to the public at the Lido. Ed confirmed his conversion to Catholicism during the making of the film (the actor is Jewish) which he had only revealed in a long Youtube interview with American bishop Robert Barron. The occasion was the world premiere of the film in competition for the Venice Days of the 79th Venice Film Festival, and was greeted by four minutes of applause. In the room several religious, the director Abel Ferrara, the cast and the actor himself moved by the welcome due above all to the extraordinary interpretation of him in a film of fluctuating quality. LaBeouf, who had been detained for two years for a series of judicial troubles on charges of violence, answered questions from journalists and the public. «I feel very lucky to have worked on this film: this film saved my life – said LaBeouf -. But I didn’t enter the process as a boy of God, definitely not a Catholic. And this film found me at a time when I was very available and open to the process ».
The actor said he studied Latin Mass for the film and the more he celebrated Mass on set, the less he felt it was an actor’s job and more like a gift. He also thanked the friars who attended the premiere. “I’m in the room now and I’m always in my heart my pocket and have been supporting me all the time,” said LaBeouf., referring to the clerics, recalling that he spent two months in a convent in California before filming. “We had an incredible cast who did most of the heavy lifting: they left me free space to pray and hear all that God would give me.”
“This is the least work I’ve ever done. I just showed up and, I mean, it sounds trivial, but it’s really like I’ve opened up and allowed myself to fail in front of Him all the time, ”LaBeouf added. “And our crew and everyone held an attitude of reverence and space for God to show up and there are times when He is really completely infused into my heart as we were shooting. “
When asked what he would do next, LaBeouf said he would be returning to his hotel to see his five-month-old daughter. “The next step is probably going home and trying to be a better husband, a better father, a better man and focus on my family,” LaBeouf said.
Earlier this week it was announced that LaBeouf will be joining Megalopolis by Francis Ford Coppola, also starring Adam Driver, Forest Whitaker, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jon Voight and Laurence Fishburne.