Well, I guess it's safe to say they really are going for realism with Suicide Squad. Director David Ayer recently gave Yahoo! Movies some insight into what the rehearsal process was like for the upcoming DC villains film, as well as new information on exactly why Jared Leto looks the way he does. This included some, well, interesting tactics.
Ayer had this to say about the rehearsal process:
“The rehearsal was very intense. It wasn’t a normal rehearsal, we’d talk about their lives, their history, and really got them to open up as people to each other. I also had them fight. I had them fight each other. You learn a lot about who a person really is when you punch them in the face. It gets rid of a lot of the actor stuff.”
Margot Robbie has also gifted us new insight into what it was like to work with Leto:
“It’s really interesting. Sometimes it can be awkward, sometimes it can be terrifying, most of the time it’s just funny. I’m trying not to laugh, because he says such hilarious things. Jared’s really funny, and terrifying, and just nuts. Absolutely nuts. It’s really interesting to work with someone so method, because I haven’t worked with someone doing that before.”
We learned about the controversial methods Leto utilized to prepared for his role as the Joker, but it's a bit different to resort to having your cast fight it out with each other. However, Ayer insists that Leto's methods were essential to the story of the character; not just the behavior, but also the not-so-popular decisions on tattoos:
“A lot of it has to do with creating a character with some kind of history and footprint in our world,” Ayer tells us. “And not have this sacrosanct being outside of our continuum, our reality. If a guy like him really existed today, where would he come from? How would he do business? Who would he know? What would he look like? In my mind, I took a lot of inspiration from drug lords on Instagram. It’s a great way to understand the lifestyle of a villain.”
“The tattoos tell a very specific story. And eventually people will decipher them and understand what’s going on, but obviously they’re contentious, any time you do something new it’s contentious. There’s very specific stories and easter eggs in those tattoos. And even his teeth, there’s an entire story behind that which is absolutely canon. It’s putting his history on his body. This Joker is a little more working class, who I believe could live in our world.”
The director also touched on the subject of Harley Quinn's inkings, revealing they are indeed self-inflicted:
“She did these herself in prison. They’re stick and poke tattoos, prison-style tattoos, that you do when you don’t have a tattoo gun. She did them herself out of boredom and desperation… There’s I Heart Puddin’, a Joker face, a love heart… that’s obviously reflective of her time in prison.”
Along with these explanations about character background and physical appearances, Ayer admits that Robbie is definitely a star on the rise, not to mention the fact that Harley Quinn is his favorite character. We can expect her to be full of complexity, activity and strength. However, she does have her weaknesses, so we should all be prepared for those.
Either way, we don't have much longer to wait. Suicide Squad is evidently taking over San Diego Comic-Con in July and will hit theaters on August 5.
Are you looking forward to Suicide Squad?
[Source: Yahoo! Movies]