It seems like the crazy stories about this summer’s polarizing blockbuster Suicide Squad will never end. From Jared Leto’s extreme brand of method acting to making history for the biggest August opening of a film, ever, we thought we had heard it all- until now. It seems there’s a least one more Suicide Squad-related surprise: The star-studded ensemble featuring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Viola Davis almost included Shia LaBeouf, as well.
In a recent interview with Variety, Shia LaBeouf revealed that director David Ayer approached him about being in the film. But, he ultimately didn’t make it into the movie (obviously), because, according to Shia, Warner Bros. rejected the idea:
“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.’ [Suicide Squad] was a big investment for them.”
So, what role did Ayer approach LaBeouf about, before the studio nixed the idea? Lieutenant “GQ” Edwards, which was ultimately played by Scott Eastwood — a character that many people suspected would be Deathstroke, but instead was an experienced soldier and Rick Flag’s right hand man. LaBeouf also shared that Lt. Edwards wasn’t always as we saw him in the final cut of the film:
“The character was different initially. 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.”
Will Smith’s character Deadshot became the film’s heart, to an extent, with the scenes depicting his relationship with his daughter are by far the most emotionally charged in the film. Taking LaBeouf’s words into consideration, it’s likely that wasn’t always the case. But ultimately, that storyline added a much-needed genuine note to a film that overall aimed for a tone of madcap, bad-guy fun.
Now we can’t help wondering what Suicide Squad might have been like with LaBeouf playing a more fleshed out “GQ” Edwards. It definitely would have been a very different film.