Shia LaBeouf, Alec Baldwin continue passive-aggressive debate about acting

Posted By KATE STANTON,  |  March 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM
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Shia LaBeouf hasn't had enough fun elaborating on the "creative differences" that prompted him to quit Broadway's "Orphans" and tweet private emails between himself, the show's producers and cast members Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge.

On Tuesday, Vulture got things going again by asking Baldwin to respond to LaBeouf's tweet that "the theater belongs not to the great but to the brash."

Here's Baldwin's response in full:

"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? You hand them the ingredients, and they whip it up, and they cook it, and they put it on a plate, and they want a round of applause. In the theater, we don’t just cook the food and serve it. You go out in the garden and you plant the seeds and you grow it. You know, it’s a really very, very long, slow, deliberate — it’s the opposite of film acting. It’s a much more intensive and kind of thoughtful process. And there are people who that’s just not their thing. So for those people who I think it’s not their thing, I’m not really interested in their opinion of it. But thanks."

LaBeouf latched onto the celebrity chef comment, and fired off a couple of tweets Wednesday insinuating that the Tony-nominated Baldwin didn't take rehearsals seriously.

But, as Entertainment Weekly pointed out, the emails seem to fit with Baldwin's assertion that theater is a "slow, deliberate" process.

The show, however, goes on. "Orphans" cast Ben Foster to replace LaBeouf last month and the play is scheduled to begin in April.

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