If you thought Jared Leto in Suicide Squad was a bit off the wall, imagine how cray things could've gotten if Shia LaBeouf had been in the mix too — forget ridiculous PR stunts like giving co-stars dead pigs and prison sleepovers, all this method man would've had to do is shove a paper bag on his head and we'd have been in, 100 percent. Unfortunately — or fortunately, depending on how you look at it with the beauty of hindsight — although this was nearly the case, Will Smith put a stop to it.
Yep, according to Variety's cover story this week, in which LaBeouf talks everything from sacking off big-studio tentpoles for good (probably wise seeing as he tends to excel in smaller productions) to how much he loves Casey Affleck, he revealed that he was almost cast as Lieutenant GQ Edwards, Scott Eastwood's character, in Suicide Squad.
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The story goes that after he starred in David Ayer's war drama Fury, the director approached him for a part in the latest DCEU offering but, thanks to Will Smith wanting to beef up his own role in the movie, the original script was tweeked:
“The character was different initially. Then Will [Smith] came in, a the director approached him for a part in the latest DCEU offering but, thanks to Will Smith wanting to beef up his own role in the movie, the original script was tweaked:
Despite LaBeouf knocking Tom Hardy out last time they were on set together, they could've added a really cool dynamic to the weird clusterfuck that was SS. However, it would be unfair to just blame Will Smith for this as according to Shia, the studio wasn't so keen on having him in the project either:
“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.”
And now we'll never know whether that investment would've paid off.
Check out MP's round up of Jared Leto's joker scenes in the clip below:
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