“You know what they say about the crazy ones,” Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang opines in the trailers for Warner Bros. upcoming madcap supervillain movie Suicide Squad. We don’t yet know exactly how that sentence ends – what they do say about the crazy ones – but if anyone’s an expert on craziness in comic book movies it’s the cast of Suicide Squad.
From Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie breaking out her tattoo gun to give her co-stars real tattoos of the word “skwad,” to director David Ayer encouraging his cast members to fight one another in order to improve their chemistry, and above all Jared Leto’s strange dedication to the role of the Joker that led him to send anal beads, condoms, dead animals and all manner of other unpleasant things to his colleagues – Suicide Squad sounds like it was a weird, weird movie to work on. Of course, within any team there’s bound to be an element of competition, and it sounds like this manifested in the “skwad” with actors trying to out-weird one another.
Australian actor Jai Courtney, who plays the lewd and casually violent criminal known as Captain Boomerang, has revealed his own brand of oddness in an interview with Empire (via Yahoo). According to the report, Courtney said that one night he was on a Skype call with Ayer while under the influence of magic mushrooms, and that he put out cigarettes on his arms. “That night I happened to eat some mushrooms… and I did self-inflict some burns,” Courtney said.
Suicide Squad may have scraped a PG-13 rating, but its main characters probably shouldn’t be treated as role models for today’s youth. Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), for example, is a mutant human-crocodile hybrid that likes the taste of human flesh. Deadshot (Will Smith) is an assassin who is lethal with a gun from up to 4000 meters. And Harley Quinn is not only seen smashing a shop window and stealing a handbag in the trailers, but also seems to have a pretty unhealthy relationship with the Clown Prince of Crime (really, any relationship where one partner throws the other into a vat of toxic chemicals could probably use a few couples counselling sessions). All that is to say that kids definitely shouldn’t try magic mushrooms or self-harm at home, no matter how much they may end up liking Courtney’s character.
At this point, some are beginning to grow weary of the outlandish stories about the making of Suicide Squad, seeing them as an effort to make the movie seem edgy, but ultimately trying too hard. The same set visit report also reveals that Ayer made Joel Kinnaman (who plays team leader Rick Flag) watch military videos filled with what Kinnaman described as “horrific s—,” and that Akinnuoye-Agbaje listened to tapes of real-life cannibal Issei Sagawa while having his heavy prosthetic make-up applied.
Courtney also told Empire the story of how Boomerang’s facial hair was decided upon, which essentially consisted of the actor showing up to discuss his character’s look, and Ayer attacking his beard with clippers until it was satisfyingly lopsided and messy. Watch him tell that anecdote here, and check out a new image of Boomerang (complete with “MUM” tattoo) below.
Suicide Squad is scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman is slated for release on June 2, 2017; followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash is currently without a release date.
Source: Empire (via Yahoo)