David Ayer (Fury) is a director who demands a high degree of realism in his movies and from his cast. He would seem to be the perfect director for the currently shooting Suicide Squad.
Ayer once did a stint as a Navy Submariner. He grew up in the rough and tumble streets of South Los Angeles. That gritty life-experience infuses his two best movies: Fury and End of Watch.
Among his next projects, Ayer plans to write remakes of Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch (1969), set in modern day Mexico, and André De Toth's Crime Wave (1954), a crime drama set in the tough parts of L.A., with Ethan Hawke.
"Keeping it Grounded. Keeping it real," is the Ayer mantra.
Ayer is always pushing his actors to get the best and most authentic performance he can from them.
According to an interview in E! Online with Adam Beach, who plays Slipknot in Suicide Squad, Ayer was concerned that his cast of actors portraying DC Villains might actually slip permanently into their roles in real life. To avoid this Ayer made sure that his cast always had access to this one important thing during shooting.
"David Ayer is about realism. So if your character is tormented, he wants you to torment yourself. He wants the real thing. 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."
Hopefully Jared Leto, who plays the Joker in Suicide Squad and who recently graced his fellow cast members with Joker-like gifts that included live rats (for Margot Robbie who plays Harley Quinn), bullets (for Will Smith taking on the DeadShot role) and a whole cast present of a pig carcass with an accompanying disturbing video might take advantage of this employee benefit before it's too late.