Director David Ayer is responding to criticism surrounding his new movie “The Tax Collector” starring Shia LaBeouf.

In the film, LaBeouf plays Creeper, a tax collector for crime lord Wizard. People on social media expressed their concern that a Latin actor should be playing the part of what appears to be a Latin character from the trailer.

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“Hey, really important question that I think you should answer publicly in 2020. Is Shia Lebouf playing a Latino character in Tax Collector? If so, why didn’t you cast a Latin actor?” one person said.

Ayer responded, “Really important answer – Shia is playing a whiteboy who grew up in the hood. This is a Jewish dude playing a white character. Also the only white dude in the movie.”

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“The Tax Collector” hits select theatres, on-demand services and digital on Aug. 7.