Margot Robbie says she started receiving death threats after appearing as Harley Quinn in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. Warner Bros. Pictures officially launched their colloquially-named DC Extended Universe with Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 – a follow-up to the filmmaker’s 2013 Superman origin movie, Man of Steel – and the studio continued to expand the newly-formed shared universe by bringing the world’s worst heroes together for the first time ever on the big screen in 2016’s Suicide Squad.
Ayer wrote and directed the DC Comics movie, which stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as the Joker, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, in addition to Robbie portraying Harley Quinn in the character’s live-action silver screen debut. While anticipation for the anti-hero team-up movie was running high prior to release, Suicide Squad became one of the worst-reviewed DC Comics movies since Joel Schumacher’s 1997 film, Batman & Robin. However, Suicide Squad still managed to become an undisputed box office success, grossing just under $747 million at the worldwide box office – despite not releasing in China, the world’s second-largest moviegoing market – against an estimated production budget of $145 million. Furthermore, it catapulted Robbie into global stardom, something she wasn’t necessarily prepared for.
In an interview with THR for her latest film, I, Tonya, Margot Robbie discussed acclimating herself with fame and dealing with death threats. She also offered a bit of advice to up-and-coming actors and actresses looking to join a superhero movie, especially one that has them portraying an iconic comic book character.
“You’re about to be in a comic book film; now here’s the worst-case scenario of how big and scary it can get. There’s just all this stuff you learn along the way, like, when you get those death threats, it’s [smart] to have a security team do a background check on whoever sent them to see if there is any past history of violence because you’ll need to know whether you need security to go to certain events. And every time you do a background check, it’s going to cost $2,000, so take that into consideration when you’re getting yourself into this.”
While appearing in passion projects such as I, Tonya is something Robbie would love to do with her career, she acknowledges the fact that she also needs to appear in blockbuster movies to support the expenses to keep those death threats in check. She added: “I just wish someone had explained a lot of those things to me early on. I wouldn’t have resented the position I found myself in because I would’ve known what I was getting myself into.”
Even though Margot Robbie finds herself with stalkers and at the receiving end of death threats, that doesn’t mean she wants out of the DCEU. The actress has no less than four Harley Quinn-related projects in various stages of development – such as Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens and Harley Quinn & The Joker – with one of them, presumably Gavin O’Connor’s Suicide Squad 2, entering production sometime in 2018.
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