Shia LaBeoufOn Wednesday, The Wrap reported that Shia LaBeouf dropped out of the Broadway production of “The Orphans” just a month before it was set to open. Producers cited the all too familiar “creative differences” excuse as the reason for the “Transformers” star’s departure. The actor was set to appear opposite Alec Baldwin.
Megan MullallyIn 2010, “Will and Grace” funnywoman Megan Mulally quit the Roundabout Theater’s Production of “Lips Together, Teeth Apart.” According to Deadline, Mulally had reportedly quarreled with director Joe Mantello and could no longer tolerate his "abrasive” behavior.
Julie TaymorIn 2011, acclaimed director Julie Taymor bowed out of Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” According to Ace Showbiz, Taymore didn’t want to stick around while producers re-worked the failing musical. The show’s producers, Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris, officially cited scheduling conflicts as the reason for her exit. "Julie's previous commitments mean that past March 15th, she cannot work the 24/7 [schedule] necessary to make the changes in the production in order to be ready for our opening," the two said in a statement.
Jeremy PivenJeremy Piven severely damaged his reputation in 2008 when he abruptly left David Mamet’s “Speed the Plow” on account of Mercury Poisoning. As Variety reported, Mamet, along with much of the theater community, didn’t by the “Entourage” star’s excuse. “I talked to Jeremy on the phone, and he told me that he discovered that he had a very high level of mercury,” Mamet said. “So my understanding is that he is leaving show business to pursue a career as a thermometer.”
James FrancoIn 2011, James Franco was set to star Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth” but quit prior to the show’s rehearsals. According to BBC News, Franco’s rep did not specify why the actor decided to quit the production.
Whether it’s due to “creative differences” or “mercury poisoning,” various stars have left Broadway productions before or during the show’s run.