James Corden Airs 'War Dogs' Audition With Shia LaBeouf (Fresh Out of Jail)

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Shia Labeouf and James Corden

"They take your shoelaces away in prison because they’re afraid you’re going to kill yourself, I suppose."

War Dogs star Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as twenty-somethings who secure a multi-million dollar contract from the U.S. government to supply arms to the Afghan military.

However, the Warner Bros. comedy could've just as easily featured Shia LaBeouf and James Corden as the onscreen duo, the Late Late Show host revealed during Tuesday's episode.

It turns out that the night before Corden first met the actor for a reading, LaBeouf was arrested after disrupting a Broadway performance of Cabaret. "I got a message: 'I don't know if it's going to happen tomorrow,'" he recalled. "'Shia LaBeouf is in jail.'"

Upon his release from jail, LaBeouf then headed straight for their scheduled meeting, complete with shoelaces atop his sunglasses, as shown in the footage (aired with LaBeouf's permission).

“They take your shoelaces away in prison because they’re afraid you’re going to kill yourself, I suppose,” director Todd Phillips explained. “So he was carrying his shoelaces, and for some reason he put them on his face because he was being weird and wanted to throw you off a little bit.”

Wars Dogs, also featuring Bradley Cooper, hits theaters Aug. 19. Watch the video below.

Warner Bros. released a new trailer for War Dogs — the Todd Phillips comedy that follows two twenty-somethings who secure a multi-million dollar contract from the U.S. government to supply arms to the Afghan military — that answers that question.

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