Coincidentally, or maybe not, Shia LeBouf’s life started in its topsy-turvy downward spiral in 2005, the same year that he played Chas Kramer in CONSTANTINE alongside Keanu Reeves. It is clear that he must have been exposed to the occult as part of his “research” for the part as the gopher for a fallen angel. Soon after his legal troubles with the law escalated to the point where they almost eclipsed his rather promising career. Hollywood insiders in the occult speculate that perhaps a demon or two lodging in the City of Angels may have found a worthy host, at least for his role in THE REVENGE OF THE FALLEN.
Tony Sokol from DEN OF GEEK had an interesting take on the casting twist.
Shia LaBeouf is done with blockbusters and spent a headlined fueled year celebrating. He was in the running to play in one of the biggest movies of the summer, Suicide Squad, but the studio suits thought he might look better in an outfit that tied in the back.
LaBeouf, who starred in David Ayer’s 2014 movie Fury, told Variety magazine that the director approached him to play the part that wound up going to Scott Eastwood in the superhero flick. The actor also said that the character was very different from the one that went onscreen as Lieutenant GQ Edwards.
“The character was different initially,” LaBeouf told Variety. “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.”
LaBeouf said every seemed like a go until he met with the studio executives.
“I don’t think Warner Bros. wanted me,” LaBeouf said in the interview. “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 suits may think LaBeouf is crazy, but there are some things the actor, who starred in Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and in the famed filmmaker’s productions, Disturbia, Eagle Eye and the Transformers movies, isn’t crazy about.
“I don’t like the movies that I made with Spielberg. The only movie that I liked that we made together was Transformers One,” he said.
LaBeouf found the filmmaker artistically limited by his own success.