"Shia LaBeouf was also dropped like that. He had been contacted for the part of Oliver. At this, I was doubtful. I didn’t know much about him, so I watched some of his films. He’s an extremely good actor. But as an academic writing about the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, he would be a stretch. Well, I thought, he would be a sort of diamond-in-the-rough-scholar type, like my friend Bruce Anawalt. Shia came to read for us in New York with Timothée Chalamet, paying for his own plane ticket, and Luca and I had been blown away. The reading by the two young actors had been sensational; they made a very convincing hot couple. But then, too, Shia was dropped. He had had some bad publicity. He’d fought with his girlfriend; he’d fended off the police somewhere when they had tried to calm him down. And Luca would not call him, or his agent. I emailed Shia to offer reassurance, but then Luca cast Armie Hammer and never spoke to, or of, Shia again."
A long excerpt from writer-director James Ivory's forthcoming memoir Solid Ivory (which is out on Tuesday) has been published in GQ today -- the excerpt is entirely about the making of Call Me By Your Name and the tension between him and director Luca Guadagnino, who'd promised Ivory a co-directing job on the film and then at the absolute last minute snatched that duty away. There's plenty of gossip shared including the above passage, talking about how Shia LaBeouf almost got the "Oliver" role, which was something we already knew but it's a fascinating thought experiment, trying to picture the "hot couple" he and Timmy apparently made.