Shia LaBeouf has been very open about his firing from “Orphans,” and he visited “Late Show with David Letterman” to speak candidly about his exit from the Broadway show. Though the folks behind the “Orphan” production would likely prefer LaBeouf leave well enough alone, he talked to Letterman about his on set feud with Alec Baldwin.
“I’m pretty passionate and impulsive, and he’s a very passionate individual as well. And I think that impulsiveness and that passion make for some fireworks,” LaBeouf said. “I think because me and Alec had tension as men — not as artists, but as men. In a room, that became a hard thing to deal with and when you’ve got tension as men that’s tough till July, I think. It’s cool for increments, but I think to do that for a long period of time would have been tough.”
As for the claim that LaBeouf left the play over “creative differences,” LaBeouf said, “I think that’s what you’ve gotta say for a business-savvy answer for what actually happened.” According to LaBeouf, he thinks Baldwin got him direct.
LaBeouf did it best to make it clear that he had nothing but good feelings for Baldwin, his replacement Ben Foster and everyone involved with “Orphans.” He recently sat front and center for the production’s first preview performance, and said he “showed up as a fan.”
Letterman asked if there was anything he could do to help LaBeouf bury the hatchet with Baldwin, to which he turned to the camera and said, “Here it is, Alec: I think you’re awesome man. That’s it.” Baldwin, who visited “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” didn’t mention LaBeouf once.