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On Wednesday, Shia LaBeouf suddenly dropped out of Orphans, which was set to be his Broadway debut. While the show’s producers only said that “creative differences” lead to his departure, the actor sent a series of tweets that night, revealing possible tension between him and his would-be co-star Alec Baldwin. He also posted his audition for the play.
Orphans is supposed to start previews on March 19 at the Schoenfeld Theatre. Its opening night is scheduled for April 7. Tom Sturridge was also cast. “Due to creative differences, the producers of Orphans and Shia LaBeouf will be parting ways and he will not be continuing with the production,” the producers said.
Later, LaBeouf took to Twitter to post a series of emails between himself and members of the production. The New York Post notes that in one message with producer Dan Sullivan, Sullivan writes, “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. This one will haunt me. You tried to warn me. You said you were a different breed. I didn’t get it.”
In an email to Baldwin, LaBeouf writes, “A man can tell you he was wrong . . . He can apologize, even if sometimes its just to put an end to the bickering. Alec, I’m sorry for my part of a disagreeable situation.”
Baldwin wrote back, “I don’t have an unkind word to say about you. You have my word.”
A source told the Post that LaBeouf’s acting just wasn’t that good. However, on Monday, LaBeouf posted an email from writer Lyle Kessler, who praised his work.
put my hand thru the door at rehearsals. then apologized to our playwright-this was his response. lesson?PACE. twitter.com/thecampaignboo…
— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) February 18, 2013
LaBeouf has also posted an audition tape for the play and continues to tweet about his philosophy on acting. “The theater belongs not to the great but to the brash. acting is not for gentlemen, or bureaucratic-academics. what they do is antiart,” he wrote this morning.