Ayer Originally Wanted LaBeouf For “Squad”

Shia LaBeouf has revealed this week that, at one time, filmmaker David Ayer was pursuing him for a role in last month’s “Suicide Squad” film.

The actor, who has sworn off big-studio tentpoles after the “Transformers” franchise and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” says after he and Ayer wrapped filming “Fury,” Ayer tried to convince him to consider a part in ‘Squad’ – a part that eventually went to Scott Eastwood. LaBeouf tells Variety:

“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… 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.”

LaBeouf admits he was more haunted by the role he missed out on, Casey Affleck’s part in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” which nabbed him an Oscar nomination:

“The guy is f–king brilliant. You look at it and you go, ‘No way I could have pulled it off.’ But I wanted it so fucking bad. We all chased it. The whole generation went after that. Ben Foster is in the room. Casey. Everyone did.”

LaBeouf can next be seen in the indie films “American Honey” and “Man Down”.