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Shia LaBeouf, Frustrated With Hollywood, Reveals Plans to Make His Broadway Debut

Now that he’s conquered Hollywood (and expressed dissatisfaction with the way it’s run) Shia LaBeouf is leaving the silver screen and venturing into new territory. For the first time in the 26-year-old’s impressive career, he will be appearing on a Broadway stage.

LaBeouf is making his theater debut this spring in a revival of Lyle Kessler’s 1983 play “Orphans” . Co-starring Alec Baldwin, it tells the tale of a wealthy man kidnapped by two desperate Philadelphia brothers. Shia’s part in “Orphans” will be of the older sibling, who takes care of his younger brother. When the wealthy captive (played by Baldwin) turns on the two brothers, things get unexpectedly complicated.

Like Baldwin, LaBeouf has never been one to keep his opinions – or his frustrations with Hollywood – to himself. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in August, the actor proclaimed that there is zero room for “being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist.” Then, determined to showcase his craft in smaller budget indie films and take greater creative control, he badmouthed past blockbusters like “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” and instead began concentrating on such recent flicks as “Lawless,” “The Company You Keep,” and Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac”, set to release in May 2013. The boundary-pushing Von Trier has cast the former Disney-friendly child actor in a film rumored to depict actual sex between the co-stars.

“He’s dangerous; he scares me,” LaBeouf said of Von Trier, summing up his general attitude towards Hollywood these days as he ventures out onto the stage for the first time. “I’m only going to work now when I’m terrified.”


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