In an article with Variety LaBeouf revealed that director David Ayer originally wanted to cast the Fury star in Suicide Squad, in which he was meant to play the part that eventually went to Scott Eastwood. According to LaBeouf, the pitifully small special forces role was initially much bigger when he was attached, but the script was changed to accommodate Will Smith’s casting as Deadshot, leaving Rick Flag and Lt. GQ Edwards (yes, Eastwood’s meaningless character had a name) with diminished roles. That might also explain why Tom Hardy dropped out and was replaced by Joel Kinnaman.
Per LaBeouf, those changes weren’t the only thing that kept him from re-teaming with Ayer. The actor says that Warner Bros. didn’t want him in the film:
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.’ It was a big investment for them.
…And we all saw how that investment worked out. Despite its success at the box office, Suicide Squad was largely derided as another expensively messy, tonally disastrous installment in Warner Bros.’ DC franchise and LaBeouf is probably much better off for skipping it, to be honest.
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