(NEW YORK) -- Shia LaBeouf discusses a number of topics, including his stormy relationship with his dad, finding religion after filming his new movie Fury, and his recent behavior, in the latest issue of Interview magazine.
LaBeouf, who was compared to actors like Tom Hanks early in his career, tells the magazine he always rejected those comparisons.
"The guys who I looked up to were far darker," the 28-year-old actor notes, naming actors such as Gary Oldman, Sean Penn and Joaquin Phoenix as his idols. The choices, he adds are largely due to his tumultuous relationship with his father, whom LaBeouf has previously admitted was a drug dealer.
"The guys who I looked up to were guys that my dad looked up to," he explains. "I looked up to my dad. And he doesn't have a Tom Cruise or a Tom Hanks kind of sensibility. He's in the Mongols biker gang. He's cut from a different kind of fabric, a different sensibility, a Vietnam veteran who came home disgruntled."
LaBeouf goes on to say he only speaks to his dad when he's working and needs to stir up feelings of anger and grief. "He knows what I'm looking for. It's not to say 'Hey, Dad,' Shia declares, "It's just an excuse to rev up. He's the marionette puppeteer."
In his latest film, Fury, LaBeouf plays a member of a World War 2 tank crew who relies on his faith in God as a way of coping with the rigors of war. He believes the role helped him find his own faith.
"I found God doing Fury," he tells the magazine. "I became a Christian man, and not in a f**king bulls**t 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," he adds.
LaBeouf also credits co-star Brad Pitt as being "very instrumental" in his religious transformation.
LaBeouf's bizarre behavior has landed in the tabloids a number of times over the past year, and he admits he's trying to ''reinvent'' himself, though "sometimes in very uncalculated behavior."
"I'm not a very intelligent person," he confesses, "and you've got to be a f**king genius to learn from other people's mistakes, because you've got to be a very smart man to learn from your own."
LaBeouf also admits looking like a "drunken buffoon" in New York City just prior to his arrest for disorderly conduct during a performance of the Broadway play Cabaret. His behavior led him to seek treatment for alcohol addiction.
Fury is currently in theaters.
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