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Shia LaBeouf Quits Broadway Play 'Orphans', Posts Emails From Cast And Crew On Twitter... And More Arts News

02/21/2013 09:12 am ET | Updated Feb 21, 2013

The producers of the Broadway play "Orphans" announced this week that leading man Shia LaBeouf has opted to leave the cast due to "creative differences."

LaBeouf's exit immediately sparked rumors as to what was behind his bold move, and whether it involved co-stars Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge or director Daniel Sullivan. But LaBeouf fans didn't have to wait long to solve the mystery, as the former "Transformers" star took to Twitter to settle the score, posting several emails exchanged with his fellow "Orphans" collaborators, reports Playbill.

A February 19 email from Sullivan allegedly reads:

"I'm too old for disagreeable situations. you're one 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"

Another email signed "AB" (Alec Baldwin, perhaps?) adds more poetic intrigue to the story:

"SL 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 for 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"

To see the whole Twitter showdown (and LaBeouf's audition tape for "Orphans") scroll through the slideshow below. For more on the actor's abrupt exit from what would have been his Broadway debut, read the original AP story here.

UPDATE: Read more on the LaBeouf vs. Baldwin beef here, and see Tom Chiarella's response on LaBeouf lifting from his 2009 Esquire article in a letter to Baldwin here. Scroll down for a video of Chiarella talking about it on HuffPost Live.

Shia LaBeouf Twitter Reactions

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Correction: In an earlier version of this article, we incorrectly listed Alec Baldwin's first name as "Alex" in the second paragraph. We apologize for the error.

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