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Shia LaBeouf Shares Personal Emails About 'Orphans' Exit

Shia LaBeouf Shares Personal Emails About 'Orphans' Exit

News broke earlier today that Shia LaBeouf is exiting the Broadway production of Orphans and now he has released a series of emails from the cast and creative team about his departure.

The 26-year-old actor wrote an apology email that he sent to the creative team. He also shared responses from his co-stars Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge.

It was revealed in an email from director Dan Sullivan that the creative differences were between Shia and Alec.

“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 in the beginning of his letter. Click inside for the full version.

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Click inside to read the rest of Shia LaBeouf‘s apology letter, as well as responses from Tom Sturridge and Alec Baldwin

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

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43 Responses to “Shia LaBeouf Shares Personal Emails About 'Orphans' Exit”

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  1. 1
    Sammy Says:

    What the hell?

  2. 2
    Uh No Says:

    lol. This sounds like a bunch of indulgent artsy fartsy bullshit. Shia, get over yourself.

  3. 3
    Trina Says:

    Well, that’s clears up everything…

  4. 4
    Reba Says:

    I really like Shia, and I think he’s very talented. However, he’s had some serious issues since childhood and some other problems that he’s been trying to deal with for the past few years. I hope he can find a way to overcome all of that because, clearly, his talent is recognized by his peers.

  5. 5
    Diedre Says:

    Is this the role that Shia did drugs for so he could be ‘more real’? To me, his letter sounds like the ramblings of an addict.
    I have to also agree with Uh No’s summation about it sounding like artsy fartsy BS.
    Sounds like Shia needs some help.

  6. 6
    JMHO Says:

    It’s not cool to release emails.

  7. 7
    minnie Says:


    I agree, especially the one from Tom Sturridge – his email seemed genuinely personal….I feel bad that he is getting dragged into this mess.

  8. 8

    That acid messed up Shia….just the beginning of problems

  9. 9
    emily Says:

    Why would he release these emails instead of just issuing a general statement?

    These clear NOTHING up and just adds more drama for him and the remaining cast.

    Hope he gets the help he clearly needs (whatever the problem is).

  10. 10
    hay Says:

    Why would he release people’s emails? That’s a really awful thing to do to people who were trying to be nice to him. But from his email he sounds seriously unhinged.

  11. 11
    no Says:

    Alcoholic, arrogant and egotistical will not get you very far in life, no matter how talented you think you are.
    Shia really needs to get over himself.

  12. 12
    Pat Says:

    *Confused look* Is Shia going through something because I don’t know what the hell is going on and I don’t get this at all (the email and audition video that is).
    I liked him best in that 2007-2009 or 2010 period.

  13. 13
    jo Says:

    the *** did i just watch!?

  14. 14
    AngelEyes Says:

    So that’s how deeply artsy Shia is? He’d been in the industry for years! It takes an Alec Baldwin to stop him on his tracks? No wonder Megan Fox left the Transformers, add Michael Bay with another artsy bitsy, she went mad!

  15. 15
    Lilan Says:

    yep…the acid made him trip kid..he be trippin !

  16. 16
    ha ha Says:

    he’s so messed up, his career will soon be sabatoged

  17. 17
    cmac Says:

    He always looks like a serial killer to me.

  18. 18

    Charlie Sheen meltdown coming ….winning!

  19. 19
    Exit stage left Says:

    Dude crossed the line here. No one will ever trust him again. He’s toast.

  20. 20
    Paulie Says:

    Get over yourself!

  21. 21
    porquenon Says:

    Stage acting is not the same as film acting. Some. People have the training and know how and some people don’t. I’ve seen Baldwin on stage and he was great – however in his last outing his costar quit because she feared his “method” acting. Orphans is not an easy play and Shia may have been out of his element having to perform live nightly regardless of Baldwin’s antics and attitude.

  22. 22
    Lou Says:

    @minnie: Releasing these emails seems like a high school girl revengeful attitude. This was really childish.

  23. 23
    ash Says:

    anything he did is wrong. Satisfied?

    haters gonna hate.

  24. 24
    :) Says:

    WTF? I don’t understand any of this.

  25. 25
    rach Says:

    I bet he has a burn book.

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