Shia LaBeouf took a knock at Alec Baldwin on Twitter yesterday as the verbal battle between the actors continues to escalate.
LaBeouf fueled the feud on Wednesday, tweeting out a response to opinions Baldwin publicly expressed regarding the young actor’s theater capabilities. Earlier this week, the 30 Rock star compared LaBeouf to a “celebrity chef” who craves audience adoration while putting forth no effort.
LaBeouf was set to join Baldwin on the theater stage in the play Orphans. A feud erupted between the actors when the Transformers star reportedly walked away from the production just one month prior to its Broadway previews.
He followed up his departure from the play by posting a series of messages on Twitter detailing emails exchanged between himself, cast members, and the director. He summed up his feelings about the production by tweeting that the theater “belongs not to the great but to the brash.”
While LaBeouf chalked his departure up to creative differences, Baldwin publicly speculated the decision was prompted by other reasons. In an interview with Vulture, Baldwin responded to questions about Labeouf’s Twitter tirade by expressing some unflattering assessments of the young actor:
“I can tell you that, in all honesty, I don’t think he’s in a good position to be giving interpretations of what the theater is and what the theater isn’t. I mean, he was never in the theater. He came into a rehearsal room for six or seven days and, uh — you know, sometimes film actors — I mean, there are people who are film actors who have a great legacy in the theater. Some of the greatest movie stars had really serious theater careers and still do. And many film actors, though, who are purely film actors, they’re kind of like celebrity chefs, you know what I mean?”
LaBeouf fired back against Baldwin, tweeting out an email he received prior to rehearsals from Orphans director Daniel Sullivan that seemingly knocks Baldwin’s preparations for the play.
Sullivan allegedly wrote the following in his email:
“Don’t be too surprised if Alec doesn’t look up from his script much for the first few days. I suspect he’s not nearly as prepared as you are. Not unusual at all when actors have a good long rehearsal time like we have. I just don’t want it to throw you. I did a reading of another play once with Alec and about 10 minutes in I thought, ‘Oh, I guess he’s just going to read it.'”
LaBeouf reportedly knocked Baldwin further by releasing an email between the two in which the latter mentions feeling tired. The comment prompted a nasty exchange in which LaBeouf writes, “I’m a hustler. I don’t get tired. I’m 26, chief.”
Baldwin reportedly snipes back with, “Listen, boy. I’m not your f**kin’ chief. You got that? Ha. Hahahahaha. Let’s go.”
Following LaBeouf’s decision to bow out of the production, previews for the show were pushed back to late March. Orphans is now set to debut on at the Schoenfeld Theatre on April 18.
Representatives from both of the feuding actors have declined to comment on Labeouf’s knock against Baldwin on Wednesday.