Shia LaBeouf said in an email exchange with The Hollywood Reporter that from his side, every blessing goes to Olivia Wilde and her film, adding that it is what it is. The actor, who has converted to Catholicism, reflected upon the recent loss of his mother, who passed away due to heart failure on August 27th at the age of 80.
Shia said that his mother, in her final moments, Shayna Saide was anxious and passionately interested in God and spirituality, but she was unaware of him. She asked the physicians about the tube and the machine she was hooked up to. The actor claimed that his mother's greatest gift to him in her final moments was her encouragement of the value of a personal relationship with God. Not simply an interest or a conviction, but also a connection based on evidence as palpable as a hug. The strongest argument in favor of religion was her final gift to the Shia. Her character was good. She was too little known and too well adored. He said, "God bless you, Momma."
Shia LaBeouf had a bar mitzvah as well as a baptism. He shared that he had found his calling in Catholicism when he was preparing for his role as Padre Pio for an upcoming movie of the same name. During a recent chat with Bishop Robert Barron of the Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, Shia said that it was witnessing other people who had sinned beyond anything he could ever conceptualize and also being found in Christ that made him feel like having some hope. He added that he started hearing experiences of other depraved people who had found their way into this and it made him feel like he had permission. Shia said that he knew that God was using his ego to draw him towards him and that everything was happening simultaneously.
Shia said that he was suicidal, had a pistol on his table, and was prepared to kill himself once the allegations against him became public. He explained that he didn't want to be alive any longer when everything transpired and he was labeled as a disgraced actor. Shia continued by describing a level of guilt he had never felt before, the type of shame that makes one forget how to breathe and leaves one unsure of where to turn. You can't just go out and get anything like a taco. The actor did, however, add that he had a strong urge to hang on after changing his mind about becoming a Catholic.
As for Olivia Wilde’s claims that she had to replace the actor after his intense and combative acting method did not comply with hers, she recently shared that actress Florence Pugh had told her that she was not comfortable with Shia’s behavior and she needed to protect her actor. Shia wrote an open letter to her stating that it was he who left the movie but now with his mail to THR, seems like Shia wants to let this one go.