Shia LaBeouf wages Twitter war after quitting Broadway play

Feb. 21, 2013 | 9:09 a.m.
Shia LaBeouf (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Shia LaBeouf (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

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 MonsterLaBeouf’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.

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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!

Exhibit A:

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.”

Exhibit B:

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.”

If you find this intriguing reading, People magazine breaks it down even further, and the New York Times has a robust take on it as well.

“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.

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11 Responses to Shia LaBeouf wages Twitter war after quitting Broadway play

  1. Michael says:

    He is such a little punk. A real drama queen

  2. Linda says:

    Two self important narcissists? What a surprise they don't get along.

  3. Nonya says:

    No great loss.

  4. EEE says:

    I'm waiting for one reporter, anywhere, to mention what's been mentioned by many readers. LaBeouf's main email "apology" is lifted, nearly word for word, from a 2009 Esquire article. Strange behavior.

  5. mrmiller says:

    Is it possible he left because he'd have to act for more than 15 seconds at a time?

  6. Angela says:

    I think directors and producers need to do more “checking of behavior” when it comes to actors. Call them out when they act like “divas”. If you have one acting like a jerk, FIRE them! Its like Hollywood and stage actors have no idea what it means to be classy anymore. Anyone can be a jerk but not everyone knows how to be classy.

  7. Kenny says:

    Doesn’t sound like the best way for a film actor to try to make the change over to Broadway productions. I doubt Broadway directors will be knocking down his door, knowing that he shares confidential emails so easily. Just makes him look like a spoiled, overpaid Hollywood actor. He HAS to make the transition from teen heart throb to serious actor soon, he’s not getting any younger. Just my opinion.

  8. Kenny says:

    Seen like he doesn’t understand the term, “Don’t burn bridges.”

  9. SL Bgone says:

    SL is like superman's kryptonite to theater, movies, etc. So unlikable. Great move in firing him and making him think it was the other guy. Ha, ha.

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