"Ready for dinner"
Shia LaBeouf won’t be treading the boards this spring after all.
The actor, who was set to star alongside Alec Baldwin in “Orphans,” has left the production, according to a press release issued by the producers.
The release reads: “Due to creative differences, the producers of ‘Orphans’ and Shia LaBeouf will be parting ways and he will not be continuing with the production. An announcement on the replacement for the role of ‘Treat’ will be made shortly.” The production is still slated to open on April 7.
LaBeouf has published screenshots of several emails apparently exchanged between himself and other members of the production to his Twitter account. These include an emailed apology from LaBeouf to Baldwin for “a disagreeable situation,” in which LaBeouf writes: “A man can tell you he was wrong. That he did wrong… He can apologize, even if sometimes it’s just to put an end to the bickering.”
“I don’t have an unkind word to say about you,” writes “AB” in an email back to LaBeouf, noting, “I’ve been through this before.”
Baldwin is currently under fire for allegedly using racist language in a rant at a New York Post photographer. For his part, LaBeouf is no stranger to controversy, having announced last summer that he was done with the sort of big-budget movies that had launched him to fame only after making uncouth allegations about his “Transformers” co-star Megan Fox. We’ve reached out to LaBeouf for further clarification and will update if he responds.
Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_More Daniel D'Addario.