One of James Corden’s guests on Tuesday’s Late Late Show was War Dogs director Todd Phillips. However, Corden and Phillips didn’t talk much about the movie itself, which stars Miles Teller and Jonah Hill as a pair of amateur arms dealers. Instead, Phillips and Corden reminisced about what the movie could’ve been, years ago when the director was first working on it. At that time, Shia LaBeouf was set to play Hill’s character, and Corden came in to read for Teller’s part. Phillips, Corden, and LaBeouf were all ready to meet and read together… until LaBeouf got arrested the night before for causing an altercation during a performance of Cabaret.
“So I’m all due to read, I’m in New York, I’m learning lines all night, and then I get this message, ‘I don’t know if it’s gonna happen tomorrow, Shia LaBeouf’s in jail,'” Corden said.
Luckily, LaBeouf was released from jail the next morning, and immediately headed to read with Corden. Corden played a clip of the audition, temporarily forgetting that LaBeouf had done the read-through with shoelaces on his face.
“They take your shoelaces away in prison because they’re afraid you’re going to kill yourself, I suppose,” Phillips said. “So he was carrying his shoelaces, and for some reason he put them on his face because he was being weird and wanted to throw you off a little bit.”
“It was so much fun,” Corden said. “I’ll never, ever forget it.”
Watch the clip below.