Shia LaBeouf is taking his case to the public, following the news that he bowed out of the Broadway production of “Orphans” because of “creative differences.”
LaBeouf, who was to be making his Broadway debut, posted on Twitter Wednesday a series of exchanges between him and co-stars Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge, as well as the play’s director, which show that a conflict between LaBeouf and Baldwin may have been at the heart of the matter.
Under the heading “creative differences,” LaBeouf attached an email exchange between him and director Daniel Sullivan.
Quoting an article from Esquire on what it is to be a man, LaBeouf wrote to Sullivan, “He can apologize, even if sometimes it’s just to put an end to the bickering.” He added, “Alec, I’m sorry for my part of a dis-agreeable situation.”
In response, Sullivan wrote, “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.”
If there was a tiff between the two actors, Baldwin appears to be holding no ill will. LaBeouf posted an email between them in which Baldwin wrote, “I’ve been through this before,” adding, “I don’t have an unkind word to say about you. You have my word.”
In response, LaBeouf wishes Baldwin well. “You’ll be great,” he writes.
LaBeouf exited the Broadway play less than two weeks into rehearsals.
In a statement sent to ABCNews.com, the production company wrote, “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.
Speculation quickly surfaced that LaBeouf, star of the “Transformers” franchise, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” was not up to acting on the stage.
LaBeouf countered the rumors on Twitter with a video of his audition and emails from the playwright and Sturridge.
“I don’t understand what has happened here,” Sturridge wrote. “I was stunned by the work you were doing, the performance you were giving. I think you lifted the play to a place higher than maybe it ever deserved to be.”
Playwright Lyle Kessler, said in an email to LaBeouf, “What you’re doing is beautiful.”
LaBeouf’s rep didn’t respond to request for comment.
“Orphans,” a play by Lyle Kessler, which premiered in 1983, tells the story of two orphaned brothers living in a decrepit Philadelphia row house who decide to kidnap a wealthy man. LaBeouf was to be one of the brothers and Baldwin the target.
The play is scheduled to open March 19.
UPDATE: 3:09 p.m. EST, Thursday
Ben Foster, from “3:10 to Yuma” and the HBO series “Six Feet Under,” will replace LaBeouf. Producers announced Thursday that he was joining the case to play Treat.