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Shia LaBeouf quits Broadway show 'Orphans,' plagiarizes apology to Alec Baldwin

Shia spent a little too much time with the Transformers.

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Shia spent a little too much time with the Transformers.



If only the most dramatic thing about Shia LaBeouf’s abrupt departure from Broadway play Orphans was his apparent disagreements on set, because it looks like LaBeouf plagiarized his apology to the play’s principals. So much for exiting gracefully.

After tweeting Wednesday a New York Times story that detailed why he left — “Due to creative differences, the producers of Orphans and Shia LaBeouf will be parting ways and he will not be continuing with the production,” a statement from the production read — LaBeouf tweeted photos of apparent emails with costar Alec Baldwin and director Daniel Sullivan. The first was LaBeouf’s apology to Baldwin, which read in part, “A man can tell you he was wrong. That he did wrong. That he planned to. He can tell you when he is lost. He can apologize, even if sometimes it’s just to put an end to the bickering.”

That elicited an eloquent response from Baldwin, who apparently sent him a message reading, “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.”

Shia posted that message via Twitter, and also another one purportedly from Sullivan that read, “I’m too old for disagreeable situations. ... Alec is who he is. You are who you are. You two are incompatible. I should have known it.”

Well, that seems to have smoothed things over. At least until everyone figured out that part of LaBeouf’s apology was from writer Tom Chiarella’s essay What Is a Man? from Esquire’s 2009 How to Be a Man issue. LaBeouf even cited Mark Twain and David Mamet in later tweets, so it’s odd he would steal so much of one quote without attribution.

Shia sure fooled people for awhile, though, with costar Tom Sturridge adding LaBeouf “lifted the play to a place higher than maybe it ever deserved to be.” To be fair, someone was writing all of Shia’s lines for that, too. Meanwhile, Ben Foster has been announced to replace Shia; We hope he remembers to stay off Twitter.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 21, 2013 3:44pm]


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