If you came out of Suicide Squad thinking that it really could have used more Shia LaBeouf (okay, nobody actually thought this, but bear with us here) it may have something to do with the fact that director David Ayer wanted the actor to join the cast.
LaBeouf tells Variety that Ayer approached him about taking the role of Lieutenant GQ Edwards sometime after the pair worked together on 2014’s Fury. The role, which eventually went to Scott Eastwood, “was different initially” according to LaBeouf. “Then Will [Smith] came in, and the script changed a bit,” he said. “That character and Tom [Hardy’s] character [Rick Flagg, later played by Joel Kinnaman] got written down to build Will up.”
Unfortunately for LaBeouf, his off-screen exploits in recent years caused Warner Bros. to take a pass on casting him in Suicide Squad. “I don’t think Warner Bros. wanted me,” he said. “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.”
Setting aside the implication that Warner Bros. was apparently okay with hiring an actor who sent used condoms to his cast mates (having an Oscar lets you get away with anything, it would seem), at least LaBeouf can take solace in the knowledge that the character he almost played was written down to such an extent that it’s not even clear whether or not he’s alive at the end of the film.