Shia LaBeouf rants, posts Alec Baldwin emails on Twitter after exiting Broadway show
The posts include an apology email LaBeouf sent to co-star Alec Baldwin, who appears to play a significant part in the "creative differences." LaBeouf forwarded the email to the show's director Daniel Sullivan, playwright Lyle Kessler, co-star Tom Sturridge and producers Fred Zollo and Robert Cole.
LaBeouf's post of the original apology (with text lifted from Esquire) includes a response from Sullivan who praises LaBeouf as "one hell of a great actor" but also admits that LaBeouf and Baldwin are "incompatible" and that the decision to cast them together in the play will "haunt" him.
LaBeouf subsequently tweeted three additional emails: Baldwin's cordial response ("I don't have an unkind word to say about you"), Sturridge's astonished reply ("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 even deserved to be") and a condolence letter from the play's flight director Rick Sordelet ("It's a pity Broadway will not get to see your Treat. It was obvious you were going to turn in a fantastic performance.")
Baldwin told The New York Times he's "very disappointed" about LaBeouf tweeting the emails, adding: "Regarding of what people feel about the events that happened, you expect communications to be private, because everyone wants this process to be as collegial as possible. Everyone is very sad about what's happened."
Earlier today, LaBeouf shared his thoughts on the state of theater acting:
the theater belongs not to the great but to the brash.acting is not for gentlemen, or bureaucratic-academics. what they do is antiart.-- Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) February 21, 2013
actors used to be buried with a stake through the heart. those peoples performances so troubled on-lookers that they feared their ghosts.-- Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) February 21, 2013
those actors moved the audience not such that they were admitted to graduate school, or recieved a complimentary review.-- Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) February 21, 2013
but such that the audience feared for their soul. now that seems to me something to aim for.-- Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) February 21, 2013
He also posted his audition video for the show: