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October 29, 2014 11:02 am

Shia LaBeouf Converting to Christianity?

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Jewish actor Shia LaBeouf's claim that he has become Christian has been doubted given his record of pulling stunts, such as this appearance at the Berlinale International Film Festival's red carpet with a bag over his head with the writing "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE." Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Jewish actor Shia LaBeouf has claimed that he converted to Christianity in an new interview with Moment Magazine, an assertion that is being questioned by the media given LaBeouf’s record as a prankster.

LaBeouf is currently seen in movie theaters playing the role of the Christian soldier Boyd “Bible” Swan in Fury, also starring Brad Pitt. In the interview LaBeouf said that he “found God doing Fury. I became a Christian man, and not in a fucking bullshit way — in a very real way.”

But according to Haaretz, LaBeouf as previously responsible for such stunts as appearing at the Berlinale International Film Festival’s red carpet with a bag over his head with the writing  “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE.”

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In the past LaBeouf has also spoke out about his pride about being Jewish, saying he feels “cocky” when calling himself Jewish in a contribution to the book I am Jewish in 2004, the International Business Times reported.

“Not bad cocky, but good cocky,” LaBeouf said. “Because what I am really saying is that I am one of the few chosen ones out there.”

The Religion News Service has said that “some people won’t be convinced, especially those who really want to believe that LaBeouf is a Christian now because having famous people on ‘our’ side makes ‘our’ case stronger,” but after watching the movie and then re-reading the interview, it will be clear that “Shia was laughing his way to the bank over all the hubbub.”

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    For future reference:
    Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Julian Morris, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Marla Sokoloff, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Adam Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gabriel Macht, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Alden Ehrenreich.

    Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy Rossum, Jennifer Connelly, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman.

    Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Andrew Garfield, Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Ben Foster, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron, Jonathan Keltz.

    Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

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