I have to admit, the more I read about Shia LaBeouf, the more I’m liking him. Sure, he’s got a smoking new body, but it’s his renegade attitude that really turns my crank. The 26-year-old isn’t afraid to say what’s on his mind and willing to take risks. His latest move has me wickedly chuckling.
LaBeouf was set to make his Broadway debut in Orphans co-starring Alec Baldwin this Spring. In February, he abruptly left the production citing “creative differences” which were allegedly with Baldwin. In an act of rebellion, Shia published a few emails from the show’s director stating the two were “incompatible.” Ben Foster (X-Men: The Last Stand) stepped in to replace the Transformers star.
You would think with all the friction, LaBeouf would be the last person to attend the play’s first preview performance. Not only did he attend, but he sat front row. LOL. Reportedly, he purchased the ticket on Tuesday and didn’t let anyone know he was coming. At the end of the play, LaBeouf enthusiastically gave a standing ovation. Foster even pointed at LaBeouf when he took a bow. Seems like it’s all water under the bridge, right? Not according to Radar Online.
A source told the website, that Shia’s attendance wasn’t for support but rather to rattle Baldwin’s nerves. “Shia’s a sly fox, he wanted to unnerve Alec by sitting in eye-view of him during the preview,” says the source. “Shia wanted to add to Alec’s stage nerves and make him feel uncomfortable, which is why he was in the front row. And at one point, Alec couldn’t help but stare at him sat there during his performance!” the source adds.
Whatever the reason, I give Shia props. If it was a sign of forgiveness then bravo. If it was more mischievous, then huge exaggerated slow clap. If you want to read all the emails Shia published, read them below.
Shia LaBeouf’s Full Apology Letter
“My dad was a drug dealer. He was a sh-t 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 avocation, 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,” Shia wrote.
“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 lets pass if no one notices. Like dropping the steak in the dirt,” he added.
“He does not rely 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. – Shia.”
Alec Baldwin Writes to Shia LaBeouf
“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 fro 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. – AB”
Shia wrote back to Alec, “Same. Be Well. Good luck on the play. You’ll be great.”
Tom Sturridge Writes to Shia LaBeouf
“Are you still here? I don’t really know what to write. I went in this afternoon and they were all there… producers, etc. I said my piece but they didn’t really listen. I don’t understand what has happened here. Maybe you have had a more enlightening conversation with someone by now. All I can say is that it truly was an honour to work with you even if it was only for a few days. I was stunned by the work you were doing, the performance you were giving. I think you lifted the play to a place high than maybe it even deserved to be. I hope this isn’t the last time we work together and I especially hope it isn’t the last time we see each other. Hope you’re ok brother – Tom”
“Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance. Tom = good dude – good actor,” Shia tweeted about Tom.
Director Dan Sullivan Writes to Shia LaBeouf
“I’m too old for disagreeable situations. You’re on 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. – Dan“
What do you think Shia’s true intentions were? Team Shia or Team Alec? Sound off below.