Just when it appeared Alec Baldwin‘s first Broadway performance of Orphans would go smoothly, fired former cast member Shia LaBeouf sat down in the front row last Tuesday, March 26. The young Transformers and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull star spoke with David Letterman on Monday’s episode of Late Night and said he went as a fan, not to antagonize his former cast mates.
LaBeouf seemed sincere enough, but it’s also quite possible he realized the more experienced Baldwin has a lot of powerful friends in Hollywood, including Letterman. He was slated to star alongside Baldwin in Orphans, but left the production abruptly shortly before previews, citing “creative differences” with Baldwin.
Soon after, LaBeouf launched a Twitter offensive and shared personal cast and production emails with the public.
“He’s a good dude, he’s a good dude and the show is terrific—I’ve got nothing bad to say,” LaBeouf said of Letterman‘s pal and Amagansett‘s favorite movie star on Monday. He went on to note that he and Baldwin are both “passionate” and they clashed as men, not as artists. LaBeouf also praised his replacement Ben Foster and, in spite of his kind words about Baldwin and the play, admitted that he believes the older actor requested his ouster from the show.
Watch the interview below and judge LaBeouf‘s sincerity for yourself.