Alec Baldwin vs. Shia LaBeouf

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Last month Shia LaBeouf quit the Broadway play he was scheduled to star in alongside Alec Baldwin and then proceeded to post up onto Twitter all the private emails he'd received from his co-stars and director upon the news of his departure. It's not totally clear why he did it, or why he quit in the first place, but based on an increasingly large body of evidence there's a very strong chance that it's because he's got his head jammed firmly up his tunic-wearing arse.

As if to cement his imagined reputation as a famous warrior poet, Shia posted up the following thoughts on theatre and acting in general the day after publishing the emails. It's the written equivalent of a fart that accidentally turns into a shit:

the theater belongs not to the great but to the brash. acting is not for gentlemen, or bureaucratic-academics. what they do is antiart.

actors used to be buried with a stake through the heart. those peoples performances so troubled on-lookers that they feared their ghosts.

those actors moved the audience not such that they were admitted to graduate school, or recieved a complimentary review.

but such that the audience feared for their soul. now that seems to me something to aim for.

invent nothing, deny nothing, speak up, stand up, stay out of school.

Stay out of school? What a silly twat.

Alec Baldwin, being slightly older and more experienced that Shia, seemed to have had enough at this point and gave his opinion on Shia's rant to NYMag's Vulture.com: 

"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."

Ok, so Alec Baldwin's isn't much better, in fact it's possibly even more pretentious, but the important thing to remember here is that Alec Baldwin was in 30 Rock and so can say whatever he likes, while Shia LaBeouf was in Transformers with Megan Fox.