Shia LaBeouf battled creepy neighbors (Disturbia), Prohibition baddies (Lawless) and a messload of Transformers on film, but the Great White Way seemed to defeat him before he even stepped onstage.
His early exit from the Broadway revival of the three-hander drama Orphans (which our Thom Geier gave an A- this spring) over “creative differences,” stemming from the tension between him and co-star Alec Baldwin, which was well-documented after the fact and made lots of headlines but couldn’t save the show from closing mere weeks after opening with mixed reviews. (Interestingly, it was the role neither Baldwin nor LaBeouf played that got the most attention, played by Tony nominee Tom Sturridge, who was also making his Broadway debut.)
But after a grievance filed by LaBeouf to Actors’ Equity Association, producers Fred Zollo and Robert Cole released a statement today saying the matter has been resolved. Read the statement below:
“We regret the circumstances that caused Shia’s departure from Orphans. Shia is a gifted actor whose full preparation to undertake the role of Treat demonstrated his respect and devotion to the Play. The parties recognize that neither Mr. LaBeouf nor the Producers was at fault. We have the utmost respect for Shia and his acting abilities, and would welcome the opportunity to work with him in the future. The terms and conditions of the parties’ settlement are confidential.”
So it seems like LaBeouf (whose LaBeef is reportedly soon to be seen in Lars von Trier’s already-controversial, graphic sex-laden Nymphomaniac) has the all-clear on the producing end to give Broadway another go. Given his history with Orphans, combined with a penchant for nudity and the Main Stem, may we suggest a revival of Take Me Out?