Warner Bros’s upcoming DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad has reportedly been an intense experience for its stars – understandably so, at that, seeing as most of the film’s cast members are portraying less than mentally-stable characters with ‘big’ personalities.
The supervillain team-up film, directed by Fury‘s David Ayer, takes a look at the darker side of the DC Cinematic Universe (continuing from Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which arrives earlier in 2016). Its cast includes Jared Leto as The Joker (with the actor going particularly method in preparing to play the Batman villain), along with The Wolf Of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Robbie’s Focus costar Will Smith as expert assassin Deadshot.
Having an ensemble of acting talent all playing homicidal maniacs could very well take its mental toll on the cast, which is why director Ayer has hired a “life coach” to make sure nobody falls too deep into the darkness. Actor Adam Beach, who is playing the Squad member Slipknot in the film, explained the situation to E! Online:
“We kind of have like a therapist on board if you fall off the wagon and really are villainous. There’s a friend of [Ayer’s] that’s very unique in making sure we have our ground. Us actors explore very fine thin lines going to the dark side and he wants to make sure we finish a movie and don’t disappear somewhere and then don’t show up for work.”
Suicide Squad has seen all sorts of interesting tidbits leaking from its Toronto set, from an appearance by rapper Common in an unknown role and a car chase that involves Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. Interviews with the cast, meanwhile, have revealed Jai Courtney’s initial reluctance to play an Australian character called “Captain Boomerang”, and Carla Delevigne (who plays Enchantress) has hit out at sexism in superhero films.
So it doesn’t sound like any cast members have “fallen off the wagon” so much as they’re working to make Suicide Squad as good as it can be. (It would certainly take a lot to make Will Smith, Nicest Guy In Hollywood, into a for-real bad guy.) The implication that the actors might take their villain characters home doesn’t exactly seem like all that legitimate a concern – at least, not from the outside, anyway.
Besides, whilst Suicide Squad sounds like it’s asking a lot of its stars – according to Beach, when you have a character that’s tormented, David Ayer “wants you to torment yourself. He wants the real thing” – it also sounds like more of a larger than life comic book adaptation than psychologically-unnerving action film. In short, don’t worry: the stars are probably okay.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.
Source: E! Online