This year, Shia LaBeouf’s biggest movie is the critically adored, three-hour indie American Honey, directed by Andrea Arnold and debuting to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s a gorgeous, meandering drama that follows a crew selling magazine subscriptions across the Midwest, but according to LaBeouf, his 2016 could’ve turned out very differently: He almost teamed up with supervillains in one of the most-anticipated blockbusters of the year.
In Variety’s latest cover story, LaBeouf revealed that after starring in David Ayer’s war drama Fury, the director approached him for a part in his next project: Suicide Squad. According to LaBeouf, he would’ve played the role that eventually went to Scott Eastwood — although he says the script he read was radically different than the one that finally hit theaters.
“The character was different initially,” LaBeouf told Variety. “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.”
Although Ayer wanted to cast him, LaBeouf said the studio wasn’t as keen. “I don’t think Warner Bros. wanted me,” he added. “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.”
Read more from LaBeouf’s Variety story here.