The complex Lawless actor had front row seats for the preview of Broadway play Orphans only a month after a bust-up with the director of the show and its star Baldwin.
But Shia, 26, wasn’t there for peer support – far from it – instead, he hoped his presence would unnerve the 30 Rock star. And, for a brief moment, it worked!
“Shia’s a sly fox, he wanted to unnerve Alec by sitting in eye-view of him during the preview,” a source tells Radar.
“Shia still believes that the creative differences that forced him to leave the production were all Alec’s fault and he holds a major grudge against him.
“They rubbed each other up the wrong way when they met. Shia considers himself a chameleon of an actor and able to play a variety of roles — whereas, he believes Alec is a one-trick pony, and can only do comedy .
“Shia would try to talk to Alec about the craft of acting but he would just look at Shia like he was a little upstart telling him what to do.
“Shia wanted to add to Alec’s stage nerves and make him feel uncomfortable, which is why he was in the front row. And at one point, Alec couldn’t help but stare at him sat there during his performance!” the source reveals.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Shia parted ways with Orphans citing “creative differences” with his co-star Alec on February 20.
The show’s producers issued a statement that read: “Due to creative differences, the producers of Orphans and Shia LaBeouf will be parting ways and he will not be continuing with the production. An announcement on the replacement for (Shia’s) role … will be made shortly.”
The Transformers star then strangely published an apology letter to Alec on his Twitter page called “How to Be a Man,” which was actually a straight rip of an article on Esquire in 2009!