Did Alec Baldwin get Shia LaBeouf fired?

While appearing as a guest on David Letterman’s The Late Show Monday night, Shia LaBeouf, 26, talked about getting “fired” from the Broadway production of Orphans just a few weeks before its debut. His abrupt dismissal was reportedly due to creative differences, but Shia said that was just a “business savvy answer for what actually happens.” He went on about how a “passionate and impulsive” person he is, and how that creates “fireworks” with other passionate individuals, such as his former co-star, Alec Baldwin. When Letterman asked why he’d been fired, Shia explained that he and Alec had “tension as men. Not as artists, but as men.” Letterman suggested a possible scenario: “Alec went to the producers and said, ‘I can’t take it another day. Fire him.'” Shia agreed, saying, “I think that might’ve been what happened.” The actor, however, had no hard feelings as he sat in the front row opening night, gave a standing ovation and cheered on his replacement, Ben Foster. Shia is focused on his latest project, The Company You Keep, a thriller also starring Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Anna Kendrick and Terrence Howard, which opens in limited release later this year. ~E. Guevarra

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  1. Janice • April 2, 2013 @ 5:57 PM

    They’re both outspoken creeps. Alec is worse though, imo.

  2. C-Dub • April 2, 2013 @ 8:12 PM

    Good. Way to go Shia for telling it like it happened and way to go Alec for pushing your weight around and showing that Shia isn’t king of the world like he ‘seems’ to be acting lately and that it proves he’s replaceable.

  3. Sam • April 3, 2013 @ 8:37 AM

    Shia is so real here. But kudos to him for going opening night, it must have taken a lot of guts to show your face there again.

  4. TheTruth • April 3, 2013 @ 10:57 PM

    What an attention whore!

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