Shia LaBeouf quits Broadway, shares emails, mocks Mark McGwire2/21/2013
Shia LaBeouf has left "Orphans," the Lyle Kessler play he was slated to make his Broadway debut in this spring, after reps for the play cited "creative differences." LaBeouf tweeted a series of private emails regarding his decision Wednesday night, with such nuggets as, "A man owns up. That’s why Mark McGwire is not a man" (apparently from himself to co-star Alec Baldwin) and "I don't have an unkind word to say about you" (supposedly from Baldwin to LaBeouf). "Orphans" director Daniel Sullivan also seemed to weigh in, allegedly writing to LaBeouf, "This one will haunt me. You tried to warn me. You said you were a different breed. I didn't get it." Lighten up, guys — it's just a play.
UPDATE: It turns out that Shia' s moving mea culpa was lifted almost entirely from a 2009 Esquire essay titled "What Is a Man?," which includes the line, "A man knows his tools and how to use them — just the ones he needs." Apparently, that doesn't include the tool of attribution. Nice try, though. [Source] [Source]
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