Alec Baldwin 'not really interested' in Shia LaBeouf's thoughts on theater
Also compares him to a celebrity chef ...
One big difference between Alec Baldwin and his would-be Broadway co-star, Shia LaBeouf: Baldwin doesn't rely on old issues of Esquire to make his point. Vulture asked the erstwhile Jack Donaghy to comment on a recent tweet from Shia, who abruptly departed the play "Orphans" last month over "creative differences."
"The theater belongs not to the great but to the brash," LaBeouf declared on Feb. 21. "Acting is not for gentlemen, or bureaucratic-academics. What they do is antiart."
Responded Baldwin, who in a previously leaked email to Shia assured him he had nothing "unkind" to say about him regarding their so-called "disagreeable situation":
"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."
No, Alec, thank you. Oh, and here's the poster that would have accompanied a Shia-starring "Orphans" production. Check out the cheekbones on Baldwin! We haven't seen those since "Beetlejuice."
While Shia LaBeouf can be entertaining sometimes, who in their right mind would cast him in a broadway play to begin with? Theater IS the exact opposite of major motion pictures. Movies like Transformers and whatever Will Smith has coming out this week are why I look more to independent films, which is something hollywood better start doing if they want to stay around (yes no cap on hollywood was intentional). There's something about watching a tense or pivotal scene shot in one take that you just can't get from hollywierd.
It's sad that producers of Broadway shows now cast "movie" names to draw the crowds of tourists who now support NYC theatre. The downside is that the quality of the shows suffer as a result. Movie actors are trained differently than theatre actors and many times, their skills don't transfer to stage. I saw Julia Roberts performance in her first (and last) Broadway show, and as much as she's a good film actress, she was awful in the play. Mr. LaBeouf should take his whiny little **** back to his B movies and do whatever it he does to attract an audience there.
Just remember that Alec Baldwin is smarter and better than everyone at everything. Just ask him...