Shia Leaks Emails From Alec Baldwin & Director
By JACKIE WILLIS
February 21, 2013
Shia LaBeouf is taking a tip from Alec Baldwin and fighting back via Twitter after it was announced on Wednesday that he will no longer be making his Broadway debut in the revival of Orphans due to "creative differences". Upon this news getting out, the outspoken A-lister decided to release personal emails from his ex Broadway co-stars and director. So, what did Baldwin have to say of the young actor's departure?
Well first of all, it was ultimately director Daniel Sullivan's decision, who called LaBeouf and Baldwin "incompatible" in an email to the Transformers star. "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," Sullivan responded to LaBeouf's "apology" email after a "disagreeable situation." Sullivan continues, "You tried to warn me. you said you were a different breed. I didn't get it."
Baldwin -- who, like LaBeouf, is also known for being a bit temperamental -- responded to his ex co-star with kindness and a bit of advice. "It's been awhile. And perhaps some of the particulars are different. But it comes down to the fact that what we all do now is critical. Perhaps especially for you," the 54-year-old actor wrote on Wednesday. "I don't have an unkind word to say about you. You have my word."
The 26-year-old actor responded, writing: "Same. Be well. Good luck on the play. You'll be great."
LaBeouf's other Orphans co-star Tom Sturridge, 27, had nothing but nice things to say as well, writing: "I don't really know what to write. I went in this afternoon and they were all there ...producers, etc. I said my piece but they didn't really listen. ...All I can say is that it truly was an honor to work with you even if it was only for a few days. I was stunned by the work you were doing, the performance you were giving. I think you lifted the play to a place higher than maybe it even deserved to be ...Hope you're okay brother."
This string of Twitter reveals was wrapped up with LaBeouf writing: "Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance. Tom= good dude- good actor."
UPDATE: The tweets keep coming this Thursday morning! LaBeouf released yet another email from Dan In Real Life stunt coordinator and the Orphans fight director that read: "Sorry things went down like they did. ...Christian and I are very impressed with your work ethic and respect for the craft. It must have been difficult for others in the room to be schooled by someone's whose raw talent and enthusiasm outmatched theirs."
This email was accompanied with a tweet that read: "'It's no wonder truth is stranger than fiction. fiction has to make sense' -Mark Twain"
LaBeouf also wrote: 'Invent nothing, deny nothing, speak up, stand up, stay out of school."
2nd UPDATE: Reps released this statement to ET: "Due to creative differences, the producers of Orphans and Shia LaBeouf will be parting ways and he will not be continuing with the production. An announcement on the replacement for the role of 'Treat' will be made shortly. Orphans, by Lyle Kessler and directed by Daniel Sullivan, stars Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge. Production dates remain unchanged thus far, with previews beginning March 19 and opening night on April 7 at the Schoenfeld Theatre."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 3:10 to Yuma star Ben Foster will be replacing LaBeouf in the production.