• Thu, Feb 21 2013

Shia LaBeouf Quits Broadway Play ‘Orphans,’ Tweets Private Emails In Explanation


As you may have heard, Shia LaBeouf, master of his craft, has officially dropped out of “Orphans,” a Broadway play he was set to star in alongside Alec Baldwin. As you also may have heard, he tried to elucidate the situation by tweeting out some email correspondence between himself, Alec Baldwin, and others involved with the play. Juicy?

Looking over the emails he posted, it seems like Shia is actually trying to make the situation look less scandalous, but that’s hampered by two things: 1.) He tweeted private emails without permission. 2.) The vague hints at discord only make you want to learn more about the “creative differences” involved.

The correspondence he tweeted out, in order, is as follows:

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An email with Dan Sullivan, the play’s director:


Dan to Shia:

I’m too old for disagreeable situations. you’re one hell of an 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.

Previous email from Shia to Dan:

My dad was a drug dealer. He was a shit human. But he was a man. He taught me how to be a man. What I know of men, Alec is …

A man is good at his job. Not his work, not his avocation, not his hobby. Not his career. His job.

A man can look you up and down and figure some things out. Before you say a word, he makes you. From your suitcase, from your watch, from your posture. A man infers.

A man owns up. That’s why Mark McGwire is not a man. A man grasps his mistakes. He lays claim to who he is, and what he was, whether he likes them or not.

Some mistakes, though, he lets pass if no one notices. Like dropping the steak in the dirt.”

He does not rely on rationalizations or explanations. He doesn’t winnow, winnow, winnow until truths can be humbly categorized, or intellectualized, until behavior can be written off with an explanation.

A man knows his tools and how to use them – just the ones he needs. Knows which saw is for what, how to find the stud.

A man does not know everything. He doesn’t try. He likes what other men know.

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 dis-agreeable situation. – Shia.

Then, he posted his audition tape:

my audition from grassyslope on Vimeo.

Then, he posted this email from fellow actor Tom Sturridge. (It’s just a bunch of boring praise, but click over to read it if you like.)

Then he posted this exchange with Alec Baldwin:

Alec to Shia:


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 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.


Shia to Alec:

be well.
good luck on the play.
you’ll be great.

And then he posted some more boring praise from fight director Rick Sordolet.

So, what have we learned from all of this?

1.) Nothing you email to Shia LaBeouf is private.

2.) Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf almost definitely both behaved badly, but we’ll never know how because they’ve made a truce not to talk about it.

3.) Everyone is willing to kiss Shia LaBeouf’s ass for some reason.

And if Shia’s explication of manhood seems a little too poetic to have sprung from his own brain, it’s probably because he plagiarized much of it from Esquire. That’s right: not only did he plagiarize a heartfelt email, he then posted it on the internet for everyone’s googling pleasure. No one can say the man doesn’t have balls.

(Via The LA Times)

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