Following news that Shia LaBeouf had dropped out of his would-be Broadway debut over "creative differences," the actor best known for his roles on Disney's "Even Stevens" and the "Transformers" franchise, took to Twitter to share personal emails with the show's cast and director.
The 26-year-old actor was only a week into "Orphans" rehearsals alongside Alec Baldwin and "On The Road" star Tom Sturridge, when producers decided to replace him after the show's director, Daniel Sullivan, became "worried" about his "performances choices," reports the New York Times.
On Wednesday, LaBeouf took to Twitter, posting a video of his "Orphans" audition, as well as screenshots of emails among himself, Sullivan, Baldwin, Sturridge and playwright Lyle Kessler.
"Put my hand thru the door at rehearsals. then apologized to our playwright- this was his response. lesson? PACE," LaBeouf tweeted on Feb. 18 along with an email from Kessler, who wrote that "what he was doing was beautiful."
Two days later, the actor tweeted, "creative differences," and posted an email from the show's director, who wrote “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.”
In part of an email exchange with Baldwin, LaBeouf appears to apologize to the actor, writing:
"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, Im [sic] sorry for my part of a dis-agreeable situation."
“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.”
It appears there were no lasting hard feelings as LaBeouf responsed to Baldwin, writing in an email: "same. ... good luck on the play. you'll be great."
Since posting the emails on Wednesday, LaBeouf has been staying busy on Twitter, writing his thoughts on theater and acting. In a series of tweets on Thursday morning he wrote:
the theater belongs not to the great but to the brash. acting is not for gentlemen, or bureaucratic-academics. what they do is antiart. actors used to be buried with a stake through the heart. those peoples performances so troubled on-lookers that they feared their ghosts. those actors moved the audience not such that they were admitted to graduate school, or recieved a complimentary review. but such that the audience feared for their soul. now that seems to me something to aim for. invent nothing, deny nothing, speak up, stand up, stay out of school.
UPDATE: New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff points out that LaBeouf's apology to Alec Baldwin strikes a very close resemblance to a 2009 essay in Esquire magazine.
Screenshots of Shia LaBeouf's emails: