David Ayer’s ‘Suicide Squad‘ got slammed by critics, but it still managed to break several box office records. So far, the film has grossed almost $700 million worldwide against a budget of $175 million, so we’re sure the studio is pleased with the results, even if it wasn’t a success with the critics like most people thought it would be.
One thing we know for sure is that the film changed so much during filming and in post-production. There were too many cooks in the kitchen, and that’s probably why the movie received a mixed reaction.
Big changes were happening even in the early days of this project. In a new interview with Variety, Shia LaBeouf revealed Ayer asked him to take on the role of Lieutenant GQ Edwards in the movie. “The character was different initially,” he explained.
“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.”
But even then he was willing to take the part. He had a meeting with Warner Bros., and they basically told him they couldn’t trust him because he was too crazy.
“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.”
Scott Eastwood ended up playing GQ Edwards. LaBeouf isn’t too upset about not getting picked for the role though. The one role he can’t get over is Robert Ford in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
He said he wanted the role so f–king bad, but admits Casey Affleck played the character perfectly.
“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 f–king bad. We all chased it. The whole generation went after that. Ben Foster is in the room. Casey. Everyone did.”