After 30 Rock ended, Alec revealed that he was set to star in a play, called Orphans, directed by Dan Sullivan.
However, shortly after he committed to the play, Shia LaBeouf joined the production—adding what Alec interpreted to be an unnecessary level of drama.
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“I’d heard from other people that he was potentially very difficult to work with, but I always ignore that because people say the same thing about me,” he recalls. “When he showed up, he seemed like a lot of young actors today—scattered, as he was from making six movies in a row or whatever.”
Alec puts it politely, saying “there was a friction between from the beginning” as he remembers Shia’s “jailhouse mentality,” explaining that he would almost excessively memorize his lines in advance and once accused Alec of “slowing him down.”
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Shortly thereafter, Shia was fired and actor Ben Foster was brought in to replace him. Interestingly enough, Alec seems to sympathize with the Transformers star’s most recent difficulties.
“Shia LaBeouf went to a film screening recently and he wore a bag over his head and the bag says, ‘I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE,’” Alec explains. “And there was truly a part of me that felt sorry for him, oddly enough.”