Shia LaBeouf debuts new huge chest tattoo for upcoming David Ayer movie

Shia LaBeouf’s enormous chest tattoo for David Ayer’s upcoming thriller The Tax Collector is all real.The movie follows two intimidating mob collectors, played by Bobby Soto and LaBeouf, who have their lives and business upended in Los Angeles when a r…

Shia LaBeouf’s enormous chest tattoo for David Ayer’s upcoming thriller The Tax Collector is all real.

The movie follows two intimidating mob collectors, played by Bobby Soto and LaBeouf, who have their lives and business upended in Los Angeles when a rival comes back to town.

The first trailer for the thriller was released on Friday, and showcases the Transformers star’s impressive ink on his chest, which also features the name of his character, Creeper.

And fans were stunned when it was revealed by director Ayer that the series of large tattoos are in fact real, and LaBeouf had fully immersed himself into the role by having the designs permanently inked on his body.

“He’s one of the best actors I’ve worked with, and he’s the most committed to body and soul. He had a tooth pulled on Fury, and then on Tax Collector, he got his whole chest tattooed,” Ayer told Slash Film earlier this year. “So he kind of goes all in, and I’ve never known anyone that committed.”

The 34-year-old was pictured last week out for a run with his chest exposed, and the impressive set of tattoos on display. One of the designs features a woman embracing a child who has his face painted like a clown, surrounded by flowers, and Mickey Mouse’s gloved hands over his belly button.

The Tax Collector is released on 7 August via video on demand.

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James Gunn was told he could ‘do whatever he wants’ with any DC Comics’ character

James Gunn was told by Warner Bros. executives that he could do what he wants with any character from the DC Comics universe.Last year, the filmmaker was hired to helm The Suicide Squad, which is a loose sequel to David Ayer’s original 2016 blockbuster…

James Gunn was told by Warner Bros. executives that he could do what he wants with any character from the DC Comics universe.

Last year, the filmmaker was hired to helm The Suicide Squad, which is a loose sequel to David Ayer’s original 2016 blockbuster, and filming finished just before the Hollywood shutdown amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

In a Q&A on his Instagram Stories, Gunn was quizzed about the upcoming movie, which sees Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, and Joel Kinnaman reprise their roles, and revealed that when he was in early talks with Warner Bros. about helming the film, he was offered his pick of projects.

One follower asked the 53-year-old if the rumours that he was asked by studio bosses to direct a standalone Superman movie were true, prompting Gunn to set the record straight.

“No one offered me a specific film, but various characters were brought up. DC said I could do what I wanted with any of the characters,” he explained. “I chose Suicide Squad because of my love for the Ostrader books, and movies like The Dirty Dozen. I couldn’t be happier with the film so far!”

He also cryptically teased the future of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, and told followers that the third movie, which is currently on hiatus due to Covid-19, would be the last for him and his cast, including Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and Zoe Saldana.

“It’s probably my last one, and probably the last with the current team. But you never know!” he quipped.

Elsewhere in the Q&A, Gunn revealed that helming a huge superhero ensemble blockbuster would never be in the pipeline for him.

“I haven’t been asked, but wouldn’t do it if I was,” he replied to one fan, who asked if he would ever direct an Avengers movie. “Just doesn’t appeal to me.”

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Cara Delevingne felt out of her depth filming Suicide Squad

Cara Delevingne felt out of her depth while filming Suicide Squad because she couldn’t believe she was acting alongside big A-list stars.The 27-year-old originally found fame as a model but had always wanted to pursue acting and she eventually landed…

Cara Delevingne felt out of her depth while filming Suicide Squad because she couldn’t believe she was acting alongside big A-list stars.

The 27-year-old originally found fame as a model but had always wanted to pursue acting and she eventually landed the co-lead role in 2015 teen drama Paper Towns, which helped her be considered for more studio projects.

She was subsequently cast as June Moone/Enchantress in David Ayer’s 2016 DC Comics movie, which marked her first time working on a big-budget blockbuster, alongside an A-list ensemble featuring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto, but Delevingne was terrified of acting alongside such famous actors.

“I was just so shocked,” she told Variety. “I was like, ‘How am I with these people? What is happening?’ I was so scared. I felt very out of my depth. I was like, ‘How did I trick them into getting me here?’”

Delevingne got her first taste of acting at boarding school and unsuccessfully tried out for parts in the Harry Potter movies and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. She continued looking for roles while her modelling career exploded, but she was unsatisfied with the scripts that came her way.

“I thought I would do anything,” the star explained. “But my agent would give me scripts, and I was like, ‘I’m not playing the dumb girl that gets killed.’”

Similarly, Delevingne would also take issue with some of the dialogue given to female characters in screenplays, with her adding: “No woman would say that. I’m sorry. It’s ridiculous.”

She has since had roles in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Her Smell and is currently starring in Amazon TV series Carnival Row.

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David Ayer claims Suicide Squad was ‘beaten into a comedy’ by movie bosses

David Ayer claims his cut of Suicide Squad was “beaten into a comedy” by bosses at Warner Bros.The 52-year-old helmed the DC Comics adaptation, starring Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Viola Davis, which was mauled by critics upon its release…

David Ayer claims his cut of Suicide Squad was “beaten into a comedy” by bosses at Warner Bros.

The 52-year-old helmed the DC Comics adaptation, starring Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Viola Davis, which was mauled by critics upon its release back in August 2016.

It was announced earlier this month that the Zack Snyder cut of Justice League would be released on streaming service HBO Max next year, and the news prompted Ayer to call for his version of Suicide Squad to be released by Warner Bros.

He explained to fans that he had created a “soulful drama” that was ripped apart by movie bosses who decided at the last minute that the film should be a comedy, following the success of Deadpool in February that year.

“This trailer nailed the tone and intention of the film I made. Methodical. Layered. Complex, beautiful and sad,” Ayer wrote, alongside a clip of the original trailer that was released at Comic-Con in 2016.

He went on to state that Warner Bros. officials were “shell shocked” by the poor performance of Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in March 2016, five months before Suicide Squad’s release, so decided that his movie needed to have a comedic injection.

“After the BVS reviews shell shocked the leadership at the time, and the success of Deadpool – My soulful drama was beaten into a ‘comedy’,” he added.

Ayer later revealed to his followers that he took inspiration from Christopher Nolan, who helmed the Batman trilogy, but scenes featuring the Joker, played by Leto, and his on-off girlfriend Harley Quinn, portrayed by Robbie, were reshot because they were deemed “too dark”.

“There were real scenes with incredible acting between Jared and Margot. Joker was terrifying. Harley was complex,” Ayer explained. “Jared was pretty mistreated during this. No one has seen his performance. It was ripped out of the movie.”

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Cathy Yan denies Birds of Prey underwent extensive reshoots

Cathy Yan has denied claims suggesting her movie Birds of Prey was subject to extensive reshoots. Over the weekend, director David Ayer told his Twitter followers about a scene in his 2016 movie Suicide Squad that had to be reshot, and Yan expressed s…

Cathy Yan has denied claims suggesting her movie Birds of Prey was subject to extensive reshoots.

Over the weekend, director David Ayer told his Twitter followers about a scene in his 2016 movie Suicide Squad that had to be reshot, and Yan expressed sympathy with her fellow DC filmmaker and added, “I know the pain.”

Film writer Grace Randolph responded to the tweet by repeating her claim that Birds of Prey, starring Margot Robbie as Suicide Squad character Harley Quinn, underwent “massive reshoots” to remove a “d**k pics” storyline and that John Wick director Chad Stahelski was brought in to “add more action”.

Yan responded by tweeting: “Excuse me, you have no idea what you’re talking about. It’s fascinating you would deem to try when you weren’t part of the process whatsoever.”

In the ensuing exchange, it emerged the storyline in question regarded a classical statue of Ewan McGregor’s character Roman Sionis.

“The storyline was that you could see Roman’s d**k on the statue in the picture in the diamond – and he was upset it looked ‘small’ so that’s why he was so fixated on getting it back,” Randolph wrote, to which Yan replied, “This is not true. There has never been any discussion around the size of Roman’s d**k. I can’t believe I even have to write that! The original script called for an image of Roman as Michelangelo’s David. You know? Art?”

The director then explained to another user that the scene didn’t work and they only needed McGregor to record automated dialogue replacement (ADR) rather than reshoot anything.

“It was a joke to show how narcissist he is. It didn’t work – we all agreed – so we rewrote some ADR. That’s it. Absolutely no reshoots we’re devoted to this nonsense issue,” she wrote.

Birds of Prey, also starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosie Perez, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell, was released in February.

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David Ayer calls for release of his Suicide Squad cut

David Ayer has called for his director’s cut of Suicide Squad to be released.The filmmaker has been vocal about his disappointment over the final cut of the movie, which was released by Warner Bros. in 2016 and starred Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jared …

David Ayer has called for his director’s cut of Suicide Squad to be released.

The filmmaker has been vocal about his disappointment over the final cut of the movie, which was released by Warner Bros. in 2016 and starred Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jared Leto, and Viola Davis.

And after news broke last week that the “Snyder cut” of 2017 film Justice League – showing the original vision of director Zack Snyder – is to be released on streaming service HBO Max, Ayer has admitted he’d love the same opportunity with Suicide Squad.

In response to a question from a fan asking whether he’d consider showing his cut of the film on HBO Max, Ayer shared that making his version of the DC Comics movie would be “cathartic”.

“My cut would be easy to complete. It would be incredibly cathartic for me. It’s exhausting getting your a*s kicked for a film that got the Edward Scissorhands treatment,” he tweeted, suggesting his take on the movie was heavily edited in post-production. “The film I made has never been seen.”

However, he went on to state that while he and the fans may want to see the “Ayer cut” of Suicide Squad, it’s probably never going to see the light of day.

“It is simply not my call or my IP (intellectual property). I love WB (Warner Bros.) – it’s always been my ‘home studio’,” he continued. “I fully respect and support the incredible path the DCU (DC Universe) is taking under their stewardship. My cut of Suicide Squad may always be just a rumour. And that’s just fine.”

Snyder was forced to walk away from directing Justice League following a family tragedy and the movie was completed by Joss Whedon. Fans have been calling for Snyder’s cut of the film ever since the movie was slated by critics upon its 2017 release.

The Synder cut will be released on HBO Max in 2021.

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David Ayer fed up with criticism of Suicide Squad

Director David Ayer is frustrated by criticism of Suicide Squad because the film was not his “original vision”. On Friday, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn announced the cast of The Suicide Squad, his follow-up to Ayer’s 2016 comic book movi…

Director David Ayer is frustrated by criticism of Suicide Squad because the film was not his “original vision”.

On Friday, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn announced the cast of The Suicide Squad, his follow-up to Ayer’s 2016 comic book movie. In response, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich tweeted that it was hard to be excited about a sequel to “some dumb piece of s**t that literally every sane person on Earth hated with a passion when it came out like 10 minutes ago.”

The filmmaker noticed the “mean-spirited” comment and replied, “A lot of people dedicated their blood sweat and tears and came together to make the original. It’s incredibly painful to have two years of my love attacked in such a way.”

After the journalist explained that he was simply frustrated about franchises continuing regardless of previous results, Ayer added, “The film industry is exactly that – an industry – it keeps growing and moving forward. Yet I know @JamesGunn will make something amazing. My frustration comes from being hammered for something that was not my original vision.”

The 51-year-old continued to tell his followers he “cannot wait to see this movie” and that Warner Bros. executives were “blessed to have @James Gunn.” Gunn responded to the praise by tweeting the praying hands emoji.

The Suicide Squad, which is said to be a reboot of Ayer’s movie, will feature returning cast members including Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, and Joel Kinnaman, while newcomers include Idris Elba, Taika Waititi, John Cena, Peter Capaldi, and Pete Davidson. When Gunn unveiled the confirmed cast list on Friday, fans were quick to notice that Jared Leto was absent, leaving them to wonder who will be playing the Joker next.

The Suicide Squad is scheduled to hit cinemas in August 2021.

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