Shia LaBeouf Quits Broadway Play...
And a feud with Alec Baldwin might be to blame
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2013 10:44 AM CST
Cast member Shia LaBeouf poses at the premiere of "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 in Park City, Utah.   (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Shia LaBeouf was set to make his Broadway debut in Orphans, but the actor has walked away from the production less than a month before previews were set to begin. The initial news release cited only "creative differences" for LaBeouf's departure, the Los Angeles Times reported. But LaBeouf quickly took to Twitter last night, posting details involving a disagreement with Alec Baldwin, who also stars in the play.

In an email to Baldwin that LaBeouf posted, LaBeouf mentions "bickering" and "a disagreeable situation," but a source tells the New York Post that the actor is just using his incompatibility with Baldwin as an excuse. The truth is LaBeouf "was fired because he wasn’t good in the role," the source says. As of now, the play is still set to open April 7. In happier theater news, Tom Hanks makes his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy, a play written by Nora Ephron, next week, the New York Times reports.

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Feb 22, 2013 1:07 PM CST
Many film actors don't have the chops for live theater.
Feb 21, 2013 9:13 PM CST
Gee who was the genius that thought putting those two together in a play would be a good idea?
Feb 21, 2013 6:29 PM CST
"The truth is LaBeouf "was fired because he wasn’t good in the role," the source say" Hmmmmm now I wonder, what the truth is. Are they saving face by leaking he was fired? Are they being honest? Did he quit because he sensed he would get fired?