“If 10,000 people forwarded that email, Bill Gates would’ve gave us free computers AND YOU RUINED IT!”
Two weeks ago, Shia LaBeouf quit the Broadway play Orphans over “creative differences” with Alec Baldwin that he made public by tweeting emails between Alec, Shia and the play’s director Daniel Sullivan. One of which was an apology Shia wrote Alec that turned out to be a word-for-word copy of an old Esquire essay. Since then, Alec’s voiced his opinion about Shia publishing personal emails between colleagues which restarted their feud that escalated Tuesday when Vulture asked Alec about Shia’s remark that, “The theater belongs not to the great but to the brash.”
“I can tell you that, in all honesty, I don’t think he’s in a good position to be giving interpretations of what the theater is and what the theater isn’t. I mean, he was never in the theater. He came into a rehearsal room for six or seven days and, uh — you know, sometimes film actors — I mean, there are people who are film actors who have a great legacy in the theater. Some of the greatest movie stars had really serious theater careers and still do. And many film actors, though, who are purely film actors, they’re kind of like celebrity chefs, you know what I mean? You hand them the ingredients, and they whip it up, and they cook it, and they put it on a plate, and they want a round of applause. In the theater, we don’t just cook the food and serve it. You go out in the garden and you plant the seeds and you grow it. You know, it’s a really very, very long, slow, deliberate — it’s the opposite of film acting. It’s a much more intensive and kind of thoughtful process. And there are people who that’s just not their thing. So for those people who I think it’s not their thing, I’m not really interested in their opinion of it. But thanks.”
And while this could’ve been the perfect moment for Shia to drop it and move on, or if he must, vocalize his own rebuttal, he instead opted for leaking private emails on Twitter about Alec Baldwin – wait for it – reading the script during rehearsals and sometimes being tired. What outrageous scandal!
Both are with “Sulyboy,” which we assume is Orphans director Daniel Sullivan. One, dated February 10, reads: “Don’t be too surprised if Alec doesn’t look up from his script much for the first few days. I suspect he’s not nearly as prepared as you are. Not unusual at all when actors have a good long rehearsal time like we have. I just don’t want it to throw you. I did a reading of another play once with Alec and about 10 minutes in I thought, ‘Oh, I guess he’s just going to read it.’”
The other features a whole chain and is kind of nuts. First, Baldwin tells LaBeouf that he’s “so fucking tired.” To which, LaBeouf responds: “I’m a hustler. I don’t get tired. I’m 26, chief.” Baldwin doesn’t just accept that: “Listen, boy. I’m not your fuckin’ chief. You got that? Ha. Hahahahaha. Let’s go.” It’s clear that then LaBeouf forwarded this exchange to Sulyboy, the director. Sullivan’s response on February 12: “I thought it was a very good first. Even if Alec never looked up.”
What’s amazing is that Shia LaBeouf somehow found a way to make Alec Baldwin look like the sane and rational one in an argument even though the man is 80% scotch and rage. On top of that, Shia actually wrote the words, “I’m a hustler. I don’t get tired. I’m 26, chief,” just in case everyone wasn’t sure how big of an egomaniacal douche coke turns you into. It’s that much. It’s “I’m a hustler, chief” much. Stay in school.