"Creative differences" is a polite way of putting of it! Shia LaBeouf visited David Letterman on The Late Show Monday, April 1, and admitted that he got fired from the Broadway play Orphans because he couldn't get along with Alec Baldwin.
LaBeouf, appearing on the show to promote his new film The Company You Keep, walked onto Letterman's stage wearing a walking cast on his left foot. "It's a fashion statement," he joked. "I broke the metatarsals on the top of my foot . . . I wish I could say I was wrestling a tiger or something, but I was jumping rope."
"I got fired, Dave, from my job -- I was doing a job out here -- and I decided I would start boxing," he explained of his new hobby. "[Thought] it would be a good thing to do, maybe."
In February, producers announced that LaBeouf was leaving Orphans "due to creative differences." The 26-year-old actor, however, released email exchanges on Twitter that suggested a fight between himself and Baldwin, 54, was the real reason he left the show.
"Now, what did you do to him?" Letterman pried.
"Nothing, nothing," LaBeouf said with a laugh. "I'm pretty passionate and impulsive . . . and he's pretty passionate as well. That passion and impulsiveness makes for some fireworks."
So, why was he fired?
"Me and Alec had tension as men. Not as artists, but as men," he explained. "In a room, that became a hard thing to deal with. When you've got tension as men, that's tough till July. It's cool for increments, but to do that for a long period of time would have been tough."
"Can I suggest a couple of scenarios," Letterman said, "Alec went to the producers and said, 'I can't take it another day, fire him.'"
"I think that might have been what happened," LaBeouf confessed.
It wasn't over "creative differences?"
"I think that's what you've got to say as a business-savvy answer for what actually happened," LaBeouf said of the public statement.
The Transformers star says he hopes his relationship with the 30 Rock star now is "pretty good" and said he wishes him the "best of luck."
But when Letterman suggested setting up a reunion between the two, LaBeouf just laughed. "I think that would be a tough one to pull off, man," he admitted. But the actor looked into the camera and said, "Alec, I think you're awesome, man."