Shia LaBoeuf Was Almost Cast in Suicide Squad

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 - 2:44PM
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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 - 2:44PM
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Suicide Squad was one of the weirdest failures of a comic book movie I've ever seen, but apparently, it could have been even weirder. According to a new interview, none other than Shia LaBoeuf was almost cast in the DC supervillain team-up movie.

In a wide-ranging profile from Variety, LaBeouf revealed that following his role in Fury, David Ayer approached him to play GQ Edwards (the role that ultimately went to Scott Eastwood) in Suicide Squad. He explained that while Ayer wanted him, the studio definitely did no. (They clearly didn't see his deranged, inspired cameos in Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey.)

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"I don't think Warner Bros. wanted me. I went in to meet, and they were like, 'Nah, you're crazy. You're a good actor, but not this one.' It was a big investment for them."
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He also clarified that Edwards was originally a much meatier role, which explains why Warner Bros. made such a big deal about casting Scott Eastwood for a part that turned out to be a glorified cameo:

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"The character was different initially," LaBeouf said. "Then Will [Smith] came in, and the script changed a bit. That character and Tom [Hardy's] character [later played by Joel Kinnaman] got written down to build Will up."
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Although much has been made of the possibility that studio interference messed up Suicide Squad beyond recognition, this doesn't sound so bad. All jokes about Shia LaBoeuf aside (and there are many of them), Will Smith's character was one of the few highlights of an otherwise disappointing movie, so beefing up his character was actually a pretty good idea. If only they had similarly spot-on instincts about the editing, the villain, and the blatant misogyny.
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