For all his past wrongs in the public, Shia Labeouf can do no wrong in front of the camera. He is a great actor, and I cannot understand for the life of me why he gets the amount of hate he receives. If you’re judging him off performances in the Transformers franchise and Indiana Jones 4, and haven’t seen films like Lawless, Charlie Countryman, or Fury, then you have no idea the kind of intensity he brings to his performances.
Having seen what Labeouf is capable of doing, regardless of how big or small the role is, it frustrates me to hear that he’s unfit for a blockbuster adaptation of an unknown comic book property. The actor recently revealed the time director David Ayer approached him for a role in Suicide Squad.
According to the reports, Labeouf was initially approached for the role of GQ (later played by Scott Eastwood), who was the right hand man for Rick Flagg. Early on during the film’s development, the character of GQ had a pretty significant role. That was until Will Smith signed on to play Deadshot, and the focus shifted more towards his character, and less on GQ and Rick Flagg. Regardless, Labeouf still agreed to meet with Warner Bros for the role. His previous experience working with Ayer on Fury is what likely attracted him to this project. According to Lebeouf, it didn’t take long for WB to make their decision on having him on board.
“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.”
The moment I read this quote, a part of me became ashamed to call myself a fan of DC films. However, I soon realized that my emotions were shifted towards the wrong people. See, I believe the creators within DC films, like Geoff Johns, Zack Snyder, Ben Affleck, etc, have done a great job getting this universe to where it needs to be. Its the executives from Warner Bros. who continue to shoot themselves in the foot. Since when are the a**holes who only care about making profits on their investments, also qualified casting directors? These are the same people who refused to move the release date for Suicide Squad, giving Ayer only six weeks to write a script, and turn out a better received film than Batman v Superman. And they think Shia Labeouf is the crazy one?
If you haven’t read the article in Variety magazine that covers Labeouf’s problems with alcohol, and him reflecting on his career, check it out. I’ll leave a link below. The actor hopes to turn over a new leaf in his career. That being said, I feel his talent would’ve been wasted in the film we ended up getting. I very much enjoyed Suicide Squad, but the role of GQ served little purpose. So in the end, Labeouf dodged a bullet, avoiding a film that I think would’ve been better if it was darker and edgier, which is what Ayer initially planned. Next up for Shia Lebeouf is an Oscar bait role as John McEnroe in McEnroe vs. Borg.
sources: ScreenRant, Variety