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article imageBen Foster replaces Shia LaBeouf in 'Orphans' on Broadway

By Layne Weiss     Feb 21, 2013 in Entertainment
New York - Actor Shia LaBeouf has backed out of what was supposed to be his Broadway debut, Lyle Kessler's play 'Orphans.' He was set to star opposite Emmy-winning actor Alec Baldwin.
LaBeouf claimed he and Baldwin did not get along, and producers have blamed this on "creative differences" according to BBC News.
It was announced Thursday that LaBeouf will be replaced by actor Ben Foster, who starred as a "cold blooded killer" in the 2007 film 3:10 to Yuma, The New York Times reports. He has also starred in The Messenger, Alpha Dog, and HBO's Six Feet Under.
Earlier Thursday Shia LaBeouf took to his Twitter account to say "BEN FOSTER IS A BEAST. HE WILL KILL IT."
Orphans will mark Ben Foster's Broadway debut, The Associated Press reports.
The play, which premiered in 1983, tells the story of two orphaned brothers living in a rundown row house who kidnap a wealthy man played by Alec Baldwin.
The play is still set to premiere on March 19 as scheduled despite the switch in actors, but LaBeouf still feels badly and has issued an apology to Baldwin over what he considered a "disagreeable situation", BBC News reports.
According to The AP, Baldwin responded that he doesn't have an "unkind word" to say about LaBeouf. "You have my word," he assured him.
LaBeouf also received emails from his other former co-star Tom Sturridge, who will now of course, star ooposite Ben Foster, and director Tom Sullivan. Oddly enough, he chose to tweet screenshots of the emails. Sturridge said it was an "honor" to work with him, but LaBeouf may be forever stunned by what Sullivan said to him or maybe he'll just realize he was right. Some actors just don't click with each other. And some just aren't meant for Broadway.
"I'm too old for disagreeable situations. You're one hell of a great actor. Alec is who he is. You are who you are. You two are incompatible. I should have known it. This one will haunt me. You tried to warn me. You said you were a different breed," Sullivan wrote. "I didn't get it."
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