When Shia Labeouf was fired from the Broadway play ‘The Orphans’, there was immediate discussion as to what caused it. Although it was officially described as ‘creative differences’, Shia was quick to publish the official email exchanges between him and everyone involved in the show to explain his side of it. This included private emails sent from the show’s creator, fellow cast member Tom Sturridge, and of course, Alec Baldwin.
Baldwin has now opened up about the whole situation, and has described Shia’s decision to go public as ‘very disappointing.’ He said, “[Regardless] of what people feel about the events that happened, you expect communications to be private, because everyone wants this process to be as collegial as possible. Everyone is very sad about what’s happened.”
He also added by tweet, “People keep asking me to comment about our recent issues at @OrphansonBway. My comment is: We have Ben Foster.”
It may seem mean-spirited, but Ben Foster is a very talented actor and while he doesn’t have the name recognition that Shia has, there’s bound to be much less drama. Keep in mind, theater is very different from film; when shooting a film, it’s easy to cut around certain takes and edit, but with theater you have to be on your A-game every minute of every show for weeks on end. It’s probably better for the show in the long run that they hired Ben Foster to replace Shia.