Shia LaBeouf appears to be taking his case to the people’s court — via Twitter.
The “Transformers” star is using the social media platform to post a series of personal emails to reflect the “creative differences” that led him to bow out of the upcoming revival production of the play “Orphans,” as reported by our sister blog, Culture Monster. LaBeouf’s departure led to talk that he clashed with costar Alec Baldwin.
But Thursday’s news cycle is all about LaBeouf’s take-no-prisoners approach: He is using the social media platform to tell his side of the story by posting what purports to be personal emails involving Baldwin; another costar, Tom Sturridge; and the play’s director.
What do you think about LaBeouf’s tactics? A smart way to get his point across? Do you think the email senders feel like their privacy has been violated? Efforts to reach the men for further comment were not successful Thursday morning.
The emails hint at the immense creative challenges involved with putting on a play. But for the rest of us, the emails are interesting for another reason: The dramatic way these creative types converse with one another!
An email purported to be from “Orphans” director Daniel Sullivan says in part: “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.”
An email purported to be from Baldwin says in part: “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.”
“Orphans” is about two men (to have been played by LaBeouf and Sturridge) who kidnap a wealthy businessman, played by Baldwin. The play was supposed to be LaBeouf’s Broadway debut — and a turning point in a career marked by such blockbusters as “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” LaBeouf recently announced he was leaving big-budget Hollywood movies to focus on more-independent fare.
– Rene Lynch