Suicide Squad had more than its fair share of starpower and personalities packed into its impressive cast, but it looks like there was almost another big star added to the ensemble, in a role that he has revealed was originally much larger than what we saw in the theatrical version of the film. Though, it seems like that can be said for a majority of the storylines and character arcs in Suicide Squad, which was cut up and dismembered in the editing room.
None other than Shia Labeouf was originally in talks to be in the film though, the actor recently revealed (via Variety), with director David Ayer initially approaching him to play the role of GQ, the right-hand man of Rick Flag, who ended up being played by Scott Eastwood, in a total of maybe three scenes in the actual film itself.
While it might seem strange initially, Labeouf had previously worked very well with Ayer on Fury and so it doesn’t come as a huge shock that the director might have approached him for a role in the film. What’s really interesting though, is what Labeouf went on to stay about GQ and Flag’s originally roles in Suicide Squad:
“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.”
The actor went on to reveal that although he was interested in the project at the time, it was Warner Bros. who made it so he didn’t star in the film, apparently seeing him as too much of a risk to be attached to a project that was already risky enough as it was for them:
“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.”
Considering that Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, and Jake Gyllenhaal were all rumored to be playing Flag at some point before Kinnaman was finally cast, it doesn’t come as a huge shock that the role was probably much larger and meatier than what we ended up seeing, with Flag’s storyline actually turning out to be one of the weaker of the many packed into the movie.
Thinking back on how much speculation and rumors there were surrounding his character though, it does come as somewhat of a comfort to know that GQ was originally going to be a character worth caring about for fans, before he was cut down into being little more than an extra in a number of the scenes, with only a handful of dialogue throughout the film’s entire two-hour run time.
Suicide Squad is in theatres now.
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