Citing creative differences, Shia LaBeouf abruptly walked away from the Broadway play ‘Orphans’ earlier this week in what appears to have been a disagreement with co-star Alec Baldwin.
The actor immediately launched a post-Broadway crusade to shed some light on the situation by posting a video of his audition for ‘Orphans’ and screenshots of emails to and from director Daniel Sullivan, playwright Lyle Kessler and Baldwin.
LaBeouf tweeted, “Put my hand thru the door at rehearsals. then apologized to our playwright- this was his response. lesson? PACE.”
He also posted an email from the director referencing Baldwin, “I’m too old for disagreeable situations. You’re one hell of a great actor. Alec is who he is. You are who you are. You two are incompatible. I should have known it.”
Shia then fired off an apology of sorts to the ’30 Rock’ actor, “A man can tell you he was wrong. That he did wrong. That he planned to. He can tell you when he is lost. He can apologize, even if sometimes it’s just to put an end to the bickering. Alec, I’m sorry for my part of a disagreeable situation.”
Baldwin responded, “When the change comes, how do we handle it, whether it be good or bad? What do we learn? I don’t have an unkind word to say about you. You have my word. AB.”
LaBeouf shot back, “Same. Good luck on the play. You’ll be great.”
Publishing the exchange may have made Shia LaBeouf feel better but it apparently didn’t sit well with Alec Baldwin, who is currently having problems of his own with the press and paparazzi on the streets of Manhattan.
Baldwin told the New York Times, “You expect communications to be private, because everyone wants this process to be as collegial as possible. Everyone is very sad about what’s happened. I’m very disappointed.”
The play is schedule to open for previews at the Schoenfeld Theatre in New York on March 19. The production will officially launch on April 7.
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