Warner Bros. and DC Films' "Suicide Squad" starred the likes of Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and Jared Leto, but the third entry in DC's fast-growing film universe almost had this out-of-left-field name: Shia LaBeouf.
That is, according to LaBeouf himself, Warner Bros. "vetoed" director David Ayer's planned reunion with the star of his previous film, "Fury."
LeBeouf told Variety that after the 2014 war film, Ayer approached him about a role in "Suicide Squad," but the studio shot it down. "I don’t think Warner Bros. wanted me," the actor 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."
No stranger to off-screen antics, LaBeouf would’ve fit right in with the Suicide Squad cast. During the run up to the film’s August release, stories about Leto sending dead animals to his fellow actors and Jai Courtney taking mushrooms to prepare for playing Captain Boomerang were used as marketing fodder. While filming "Fury," LaBeouf actually pulled out his own tooth.
Ayer wanted LaBeouf to play GQ, the right hand man of Joel Kinnman’s Rick Flagg, a role that eventually went to Scott Eastwood. The role was a pretty minor one, although LaBeouf added that it was originally going to be much larger before Smith signed on to play Deadshot. "The character was different initially," LaBeouf said. "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."
Despite less-than-stellar reviews, "Suicide Squad" still managed an August-record $135 million opening weekend and has grossed more than $678 million worldwide.