Remi Adeleke isn’t just an actor; he’s a former Navy Seal with a remarkable story.
In his interview with Fox News, Adeleke recalls his childhood in the Bronx. Growing up a Nigerian immigrant with a single mother, he fell into a life of drugs and hustling.
“I was out there just trying to follow the trend and be like my friends,” shares Adeleke. “I gave my mom quite the headache by choosing the wrong path in life.”
However, after seeing Michael Bay’s film “Bad Boys,” Adeleke started to realize that there were other things he could do with his life.
"I saw two African-American actors playing heroes, and it made me realize there's more out there in the world than what society tells you, you can be," Adeleke told Fox.
Later, another of Bay’s films, “The Rock,” a film about Navy Seals, motivated Adeleke to turn his life around and join the armed forces. He knew that if he was ever going to have a successful life, then he needed to get out the environment where he was living and learn some discipline.
"I think God had a plan for my life that I didn't see coming," said the actor.
However, he quickly realized that being a Navy Seal wasn’t as easy as Bay’s films made it appear. He said his life entered a downward spiral—cheating on his girlfriend and becoming emotionally abusive.
That’s when God entered his life. During training in Alaska, he gave his life to God. For the first time in his life, he handed over control.
"I had time to reflect on my life, and I didn't like what I saw," Adeleke recalled. "I decided I need to try this Jesus [thing] out because nothing that I'm doing on my own is working and if Jesus is really who everyone says he is, then I have nothing to lose at this point."
After he gave his life to God, Adeleke decided to leave the military. Now he is married with kids. After he left the military, he started working as a motivational speaker, and he became part of “I Am Second,” a Christian media ministry.
“We take common people, celebrities, and athletes where they share their stories of faith and what it came for them to come to Christ,” he said.
Financial struggle led Adeleke to his next career. Katherine Humphries, a casting agent, approached him to play an extra in on "The Last Ship," and he agreed because he needed the money.
When she reached out to him again, it was for a one-day role in a Michael Bay movie; he jumped at the opportunity. His role turned into so much more, and one day became three weeks. In the end, Adeleke had a significant role in "Transformers: The Last Knight."
"There's no way I could have orchestrated this at all," shared Adeleke. "Michael Bay chose my career twice—as a Navy Seal, and now he's chosen my career as an actor."
Adeleke hopes to be an inspiration to others, especially young Black men. It's his dream that his movies will help others just like Bay’s movies motivated him to change his life.
"Look at my life," he said. "All the different facets of my life: moving from Nigeria to the Bronx, to joining the Special Forces, to getting my Master's, and now to acting. If I had quit, I wouldn't be where I am today."
He emphasized, "Don't expect a handout because you're not going to get it. In the meantime, you've got to be diligent, and if you are, you'll reap the benefits."
If you’d like to learn more about Adeleke’s faith journey, he discusses it in his video for “I Am Second.” Adeleke isn't the only celebrity who has had God transform their life; Jim Carrey also shares his journey.