Shia LaBeouf drops out of his Broadway debut play after “creative differences” with the director

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Shia LaBeouf was scheduled to make his Broadway debut in a revival of the play ‘Orphans’ opposite Alec Baldwin, but has dropped out due to “creative differences.”

A source tells PEOPLE, “He was really into it, but at the end of the day he and the director had very different visions of what his character was like. And, unfortunately, they couldn’t resolve those differences.”

According to The New York Times, producers decided to replace Shia on Tuesday, a week after rehearsals began. The show’s director became concerned about “performance choices” the actor made in the role. The director spoke with Shia about his concerns, but things didn’t get better.

But he hasn’t exactly gone quietly.

Several hours after news broke he was leaving Orphans, LaBeouf shared a series of apologetic emails via his official Twitter feed. On Wednesday he Tweeted, “Creative differences,” alongside an excerpt of an apparent email he purportedly sent to the creative team and his costars.

You can read those emails below. One is from Alec Baldwin to Shia. I’m surprised Shia released all of these emails. It seems kind of like a dick move. If someone published my emails on Twitter, I’d be pissed!


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Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 7:07am
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February 21st, 2013 at 9:32 am

It does seem odd to put your business and those of others out there. I honestly like Shia LaBeouf as a person and actor but his choices of late do seem off.

He could probably retire comfortably now but is out to “find” his calling.

I like his writing style, maybe he should author a book and drop out of the acting business for a while 🙂

February 21st, 2013 at 9:48 am

Ha! No kidding

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