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Little more than a week after rehearsals began, the 26-year-old actor — known for his candor as well as his role in the blockbuster Transformers movies — dropped out of his would-be Broadway debut following “creative differences” with producers, the show announced Wednesday.
LaBeouf was to star alongside Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge, but on Tuesday night, producers reportedly decided to cut him loose after the director, Daniel Sullivan, “became worried” about the actor and “his performance choices.”
Later on Wednesday, LaBeouf tweeted an Orphans audition video as well as screenshots of email exchanges between himself and other parties with addresses allegedly belonging to Sullivan, Baldwin and playwright Lyle Kessler. In one back-and-forth, he apologizes to Baldwin “for my part of a dis-agreeable [sic] situation.”
Sullivan’s response: “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. this one will haunt me. you tried to warn me. you said you were a different breed. i didn’t get it.”
(Sidenote: This is more dramatic than an episode of Smash.)
Another screenshot shows an email from Baldwin to LaBeouf wherein the 30 Rock star reassures: “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.”
To which LaBeouf answers: “same. … good luck on the play. you’ll be great.”
Reps for the actors declined comment to The Hollywood Reporter. A rep for Orphans said the producers were unavailable for comment.
The revival of Kessler’s 1983 play about two orphaned brothers who kidnap an enigmatic rich man will continue on schedule, with previews set to begin March 19 and an opening date set for April 7 at the Schoenfeld Theatre. LaBeouf’s replacement in the role of Treat will be filled shortly, the show said.
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Here is LaBeouf’s audition video, via Vimeo:
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