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Shia LaBeouf, on Letterman, talks about his feud with Alec Baldwin

April 02, 2013|By Jamie Wetherbe

Shia LaBeouf, a guest Monday night on David Letterman's “The Late Show,” decided to speak (instead of tweet) about his abrupt exit from the play "Orphans” weeks before his would-be Broadway debut.

LaBeouf described himself as “passionate and impulsive" and suggested that similar qualities in costar Alec Baldwin resulted in the “fireworks.”

“We had tension as men, not as artists, but as men,” he told David Letterman. (Cue nervous audience laughter.)

Letterman asked if Baldwin could be behind LaBeouf’s pink slip. "Alec went to the producers and said, ‘I can’t take it another day. Fire him,'" the host suggested.

"I think that might’ve been what happened," LaBeouf responded. (LaBeouf's premature departure was originally credited to “creative differences.”)

LaBeouf assured Letterman that he still admires the production and praised his replacement, Ben Foster. Last week, LaBeouf  “showed up as a fan” in the front row of the show’s first preview performance.

“It was the only ticket I could get, actually,” he told Letterman.

LaBeouf called Baldwin “a good dude” and “great actor.”

As for a reconciliation? “Here it is, right here," LaBeouf said. "Alec, I think you’re awesome man; that’s it.”

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