In 2013, Shia LaBeouf left the Broadway play “Orphans” over “creative differences,” but there was more to the story. When LaBeouf publicly posted emails between himself, co-star Alec Baldwin, and director Daniel Sullivan, it became clear that a bizarre feud had sprouted between LaBeouf and Baldwin.
Sullivan wrote to LaBeouf about Baldwin, “you two are incompatible,” and the director also wrote “I suspect [Alec’s] not nearly as prepared as you are.” Baldwin responded to LaBeouf’s passive-aggressive posts, saying “I don't think he's in a good position to be giving interpretations of what the theater is”.
Baldwin spoke about the beef more, describing how LaBeouf came torehearsal with his lines already memorized, and “one day he attacked me in front of everyone. He said, ‘You're slowing me down, and you don't know your lines.’” LaBeouf threatened to blurt out Baldwin’s lines for him if Baldwin couldn’t keep up.
LaBeouf admitted that he got lost in his “Orphans” character, and he later got arrested for refusing to leave a theater, acting obscenely, and spitting at a police officer. Surprisingly, this led to Baldwin supporting LaBeouf in court: “I've made peace with Baldwin,” LaBeouf said. “He was the first dude to hit me up after I got out of court [...] It's really beautiful.”