Shia LaBeouf ‘quits’ his huge Broadway show after he punches hole in a door

Shia LaBeouf

Here are some photos of Shia LaBeouf and his semi-new girlfriend, Mia Goth, way back in December. We never got around to publishing these pictures because, well, it’s Shia LaBeouf. He’s not exactly of the “would you hit it?” variety. Anyway, Mia is also Shia’s co-star in Lars Von Trier’s upcoming film, N-mphomaniac, which is the movie where Shia says that he does actual sex onscreen. You know I’ll just have to gross myself out by watching that movie.

At the moment, however, Shia’s career has hit reverse. You know how he was supposed to be abandoning mainstream movies in favor of being an indie king? Well, a Broadway debut was also part of that plan because Shia wanted to build up some serious acting cred. It was a decent plan, and he managed to land a respectable play, Orphans, which will also star Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge. Sadly, Shia’s plans for onstage glory have been cut short due to what Playbill calls “creative differences.” As in, Shia got angry, punched a backstage door, and quit that bitch. Playbill doesn’t mention the true reason for Shia’s departure, but Shia admits as much via his Twitter account, in which he posts an “I’m sorry” email that reads, “I’m a child / don’t mind me” to one of the producers of the play. Here’s the sugarcoated Playbill postmortem:

Shia LaBeouf

The producers of the Broadway debut of Lyle Kessler’s Orphans announced Feb. 20 that film star Shia LaBeouf has departed the upcoming production “due to creative differences.” The play would have marked the actor’s Broadway bow.

An announcement on the replacement for the role of Treat will be made shortly.

The three-person drama, starring Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge, will begin previews March 19 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, with an official opening scheduled for April 7. Daniel Sullivan directs.

In the play, according to press notes, “two orphaned brothers are living in a decrepit North Philadelphia row house. Treat, the eldest, supports his damaged younger sibling Phillip (Sturridge) by petty thievery, and makes the house a virtual prison for the seemingly simple-minded Phillip. One night he kidnaps a rich older man, Harold (Baldwin), who turns out to have his own motives and becomes the father figure the boys have always yearned for.”

Orphans premiered in 1983 at The Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles where it won the Drama-Logue Award. Following its 1985 engagement at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, the play had a successful run at New York’s Westside Arts Theatre and was subsequently produced in London. A film version was also produced.

[From Playbill]

Is anyone else surprised that Shia is the one who “quit” this play after resorting to violent measures to express his frustration? I mean, this could have easily been Alec Baldwin, whose well-documented rage monster incidents persist to this day. Maybe Shia and Alec aren’t so different from each other — after all, Shia has his fair share of bar fights. The difference? At least Alec knows how to suck it up and be a professional while he’s getting paid.

Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf

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  1. Lucy2 says:

    If he was acting violently, I’m guessing he got fired rather than quit, but they’re letting him say that to avoid more negative press.
    Hope he saved his Transformers money- between this and trash talking past work, I doubt people are lining up to work with him.

  2. brin says:

    He ain’t called Shia La Douche for nothing!

  3. MrsBPitt says:

    I’m sure in a couple of years, we will be seeing Shia in the “where are they now” articles…average looking, average talent…abnormal personality…

  4. T.Fanty says:

    I’m actually more likely to see the show now it’s just Baldwin and Sturrage. As Bedhead points out, AB may be a douche, but at least he is professional.

  5. Feebee says:

    LaDouche strikes (out) again. He doesn’t nothing for me but I did think he was more than half decent in Wall Street 2, then again he was opposite Carey Mulligan and Michael Douglas.

    So self-sabotaging.

  6. GoodCapon says:

    It’s so easy for me to say ‘what a douche!’ but what’s the reason for him doing that though? Or maybe he just likes punching a hole through doors…

    On a slightly off-topic note, I seldom hear of famous/Hollywood celebrities go for the Broadway route. Usually they do crossovers to the TV industry and vice versa, but it’s not often they step it up on theater.

    Compare them to their British counterparts where almost everyone is a stage/film/TV actor. Perhaps because the acting pool is quite smaller over there, so everyone gets to have a little taste of everything whereas in Hollywood, it’s a booming industry on its own, so actors are more content to stay there? Sorry if I’m rambling.

  7. Mia 4S says:

    It’s pretty standard that when a name actor gets fired they are allowed to save face (different circumstance, but a good example is Katie Holmes “declining” to be in the Dark Knight). My guess is hey didn’t want to deal with his nonsense. He really is the worst stereotype of child actor isn’t he? Well he’s still working….so far.

    • Original A says:

      Eh, Katie actually quit because of Tom…There’s a pretty infamous incident where Tom bullied the director of another one of her movies into cutting a sex scene…At the time, Tom owned part of United Artists (before it got swallowed up by MGM) and had some serious clout.

      • Mia 4S says:

        Interesting, because the version I heard was that Katie’s people (ie the one’s acting for Tom) made some ridiculous demands and tried to exert pressure and Chris Nolan said no thanks, bye! That would have been ballsy considering that was before Nolan had two billion dollar movies and the huge success with Inception. If she did quit I would love to know Tom’s crazy reasons!

        Back to Shia, the insecurity wafting off this guy is exhausting! The over the top emotional crap is not cute at 26. I could see him coming to a very bad end.

  8. Shay says:

    Am I the only one who thinks his girlfriend looks like she’s 9 years old?

  9. Aud says:

    By rights, this idiot has exceeded his shelf life as an actor.

  10. Samantha says:

    Self-sabotaging is right. He needs some rehab and intense counseling.

  11. gogoGorilla says:

    My only interest in this post is in his girlfriend’s outfit, which is total fug. Yes, I realize they’re supposed to be doing some casual thing, but I wouldn’t wear that shirt to do housework. I DO think I might have worn it circa 1985, though, same color and everything.

    Shia’s a well-known angry douche. No surprises there.

  12. Jane says:

    The director Dan Sullivan wrote this email to Shia:

    “I’m too old for disagreeable situations. You’re on 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.”

    So it seems like Alec was part of the problem.

  13. jaye says:

    This kid is becoming quite the trainwreck.

  14. Talie says:

    The Post is saying that he wasn’t good enough and was fired. I don’t know, Broadway is like television, it’s a big commitment, requires a lot of stamina. I’m just not sure crazy Shia was ready for it.

  15. Simmy says:

    Holes was the best thing he ever did. It’s all been downhill from there. I can’t see him having the chops or the discipline for Broadway.

  16. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I take it nobody here has seen Lawless?

    I get that he’s a douche, believe me, I get it, but the kid can act. I don’t care what anybody says-he has talent. It doesn’t excuse his fiery temper, but those that claim his career is in the shitter are off the mark, IMO. I think we’ll keep seeing him for quite some time.

  17. Ella says:

    Not to sound like an old fart (I’m 27) but I just can’t stand this trend of young people looking unhygienic and DIRTY. I get it, you’re too cool to shower, but gosh that’s inconsiderate. Looking at you, KStew.

  18. Abra says:

    Always with a coffee in his hand and dirty old shoes on his feet. What a hipster (gag).

  19. lola lola says:

    This guy is a spoiled brat. Time for career move #2, dude.

  20. Cait says:

    They both look like they smell.

  21. Sirsnarksalot says:

    Where the hell did she leave her eyebrows? And Shia’s career is imploding nicely, as I’d hoped. He’ll never be anything other than that prepubescent whiny wannabe from Project Greenlight making The Battle of Shaker Heights.

  22. Mira says:

    La Douche is a good actor. Lawless was a mediocre movie with a good ensemble cast and acting. I disagree that he’s not exactly of the “would you hit it?” variety. I would hit La Douche with pleasure :)

  23. boredbrit says:

    I used to like him, but he’s gone all weird now. And his eyes creep me out. You can tell a lot about a person from their eyes.

  24. sirsnarksalot says:

    UPDATE! Apparently the rambling email he wrote and then posted for the world about “being a man” and what a man is… blather blather is all lifted from some 2009 article in Esquire. Even his douchiness is inauthentic!

  25. Another Ann says:

    It was incredibly unprofessional of him to post colleagues’ private emails. All to try and make himself look better, to justify his childish behavior.

    He’s a tool, plain and simple.

  26. EscapedConvent says:

    I hope he saved his Transformers money. He will be living on it a long time. Directors & studios & other actors eventually get tired of tantrums & holes being punched in things.

    He probably has a few more years left to get parts, but I don’t see what he does that’s so special that another young actor, who behaves professionally, can’t do with much less trouble.

  27. FassDaActor says:

    Sucka, you ain’t Fass-tastic. It takes more than fking in a Lars Von Triers movie to change his douche factor. He just blow his break on Broadway. He should just do what he knows how to do for now. Be nice, try hard and he may get more opportunities to do some good indie work. Or he can keep doing the big Hollyweird, loud movies.

    Ben Foster is replacing Shia and he is going to KILL it! I’m getting tickets.

  28. Moi says:

    He needs to grow up. And I usually love the natural look, but I’m getting a strong desire to ask that girl to please put some mascara on.

  29. Ally8 says:

    Are they about to act the parts of Charles Manson and Squeaky Fromme in a movie?

    Cause that’s the kind of cracked out, skid row look they’ve got going here.

  30. Str8Shoote says:

    Even BEFORE this douchebag hit it big, he was still a douchebag. I remember seeing his pouty little bitch act on that HBO show Project Greenlight, where he was starring in some crappy little movie. Even then he was acting like a little prima donna.

    I am so glad his career is derailing. You don’t talk trash about people you’ve worked with, publicly humiliate your past girlfriends and just act like a jerk in general without karma coming back to bit you in the ass.

  31. crazycatlady says:

    Two words: ‘roid rage.


    I guess I’m in a minority here in still liking Shia, and hoping he gets a grip on his “world-revolves-around-me” issue.

    Or ditches the ‘roids.