Shia LaBeouf Exits Orphans, Posts Emails About Behind-The-Scenes Drama

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By Daniel Gates


Shia LaBeouf was set to make his Broadway debut opposite Alec Baldwin in Orphans next month until what producers labeled “creative differences” abruptly forced his departure from the show on Wednesday. But the plot has thickened.

The actor has posted to Twitter private email exchanges with Baldwin, Tom Sturridge, and director Dan Sullivan to Twitter, raising more questions about the nature of the behind-the-scenes drama that led to LaBeouf’s exit.

In a rambling note to Sullivan labeled “Apology,” LaBeouf apologizes for “my part of a dis-agreeable situation,” saying, “A man is good at his job. Not his work, not his avocation, not his hobby. Not his career. His job.”

Those lines, along with other passages in LaBeouf’s email, are directly lifted from a 2009 Esquire essay by Tom Chiarella titled, “What is a Man?LaBeouf also posted’s Sullivan reply, which reads, “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.” The director continues, “This one will haunt me. you tried to warn me. you said you were a different breed. I didn’t get it.”

In a message to LaBeouf on Wednesday afternoon, Baldwin writes:

“I’ve been through this before. It’s been a while. 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. 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.”

LaBeouf tells Baldwin, “Same. Be well. Good luck on the play. You’ll be great.”

Several hours later, Sturridge reached out to LaBeouf, writing in part, “I don’t understand what has happened here. Maybe you have had a more enlightening conversation with someone by now. 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,” added Sturridge.

Early Thursday, LaBeouf took to Twitter again, meditating on the nature of acting and posting a message from theater vet Rick Sordelet suggesting that LaBeouf get in touch with the head of the acting program at the Yale School of Drama.

Gossip Cop has reached out to LaBeouf’s camp for clarification on what happened with Orphans. The play is still scheduled to begin previews on March 19, although a replacement for LaBeouf has not been announced.

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