More power to Shia, in my opinion. Everyone knows that Alec Baldwin is a complete douchebag-asshole-sonofabitch and Shia has repeatedly revealed that he has a firecracker personality as well, so it’s not surprising when news broke that Shia abruptly ditched his Broadway debut, “Orphans,” following apparent disagreements with his co-star Alec Baldwin that made them “incompatible.”
Producers announced yesterday that Shia parted ways with the upcoming Broadway show after just a week of rehearsals due to “creative differences,” even though the play is scheduled to begin previews on March 19 & then premiere on April 7. Looks like those dates are getting pushed back!
Shia hit Twitter yesterday & in a message titled “Creative Differences,” where he posted a screenshot of an email to him from director Dan Sullivan, which reads, “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.”
The funnier part of the email is what Shia wrote to Dan Sullivan. We’re pretty sure Shia wrote this after smoking a fatty right after doing a couple lines of coke:
My dad was a drug dealer. He was a shit human. But he was a man. He taught me how to be a man. What I know of men Alec is—
A man is good at his job. Not his work, not his hobby. Not his career. His job.
A man can look you up and down and figure some things out. Before you say a word, he makes you. From your suitcase from your watch, from your posture. A man infers.
A man owns up. That’s why Mark McGwire is not a man. A man grasps his mistakes. He lays claim to who he is, and what he was, whether he likes them or not.
Some mistakes, though, he legs pass if no one notices. Like dropping the steak in the dirt.
He does not reply on rationalizations or explanations. He doesn’t winnow, winnow, winnow until truths can be humbly categorized, or intellectualized until behavior can be written off with an explanation.
A man knows his tools and how to use them—just the ones he needs. Knows which saw is for what, how to find the stud.
A man does not know everything. He doesn’t try. He likes what other men know.
A man can tell you he was wrong. That he did wrong. That he planned to.
He can tell you when he is lost. He can apologize, even if sometimes it’s just to put an end to the bickering.
Alec, I’m sorry for my part of a dis-agreeable situation.
It’s nice to see that Mark McGwire made a cameo, but rather than writing his “Man” manifesto, wouldn’t it be easier to just say that Alec Baldwin is a hard-ass, pompous asshole & everyone would have an “Ah-ha” moment & move on to the next drama? It’s fairly obvious that Shia LeBeouf wears his emotions & passions on his sleeve & in the process, he’s going to create a lot of enemies, but then again, what’s a guy supposed to do when he has all that “Hollywood, Fuck You!” money stashed away? It gives him power to speak his mind, choose his projects, give the finger to people who he doesn’t like, etc, etc. I hate Alec Baldwin, so I’m on Shia’s side on this one, but he doesn’t need to give proof of why he’s doing what he’s doing.
He even posted his audition tape on Vimeo. Gotta admit, the dude is pretty damn good.