"I’m pretty passionate and impulsive, and he’s a very passionate individual as well. And I think that impulsiveness and that passion makes for, ya know, some fireworks," LaBeouf told Letterman. LaBeouf said he and Baldwin didn't connect as "men."
During the interview, Letterman wondered if it was Baldwin who ultimately sealed LaBeouf's fate. "Alec went to the producers and said, ‘I can’t take it another day. Fire him,'" he suggested.
"I think that might’ve been what happened," LaBeouf allowed. But he doesn't seem to be holding any grudges about it: LaBeouf attended the first performance, sitting in the front row and cheering on his replacement in the production, Ben Foster. (According to LaBeouf, it was the only seat he could get.) LaBeouf also had kind words for Baldwin, saying that he thinks the actor is "awesome."
LaBeouf isn't hurting for work at the moment. His latest project, "The Company You Keep," opens in limited release this Friday.
Tune in to "Late Show with David Letterman," weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.