Director David Ayer strives for realism in his films, and expects his actors to really get into their roles, and this is happening on set of his epic villain get together, Suicide Squad.
There have already been reports that Jared Leto is encompassing The Joker character, and doing much the same as the late Heath Ledger did in his stunning role in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Ledger took himself to such dark places, he struggled to return from them, and there is talk of Leto following with his version of The Joker.
Leto is said to have not joined the rest of the cast onset during preparations for the film, and instead sent a live rat to Robbie, some bullets to Smith and a dead hog to the cast. The actor also sent in a video, of himself in full character, explaining why he hadn’t yet joined the cast.
“Basically, what he said was, ‘Guys, I can’t be there but I want you to know I’m doing my work as hard as you guys,'” says Adam Beach, who plays Slipnot. “The video he showed is in character. It blew our minds away. Then we realized that day, this is real.”
Now that’s dedication, but can also be damaging to your mental health.
Beach explained to E!Online that all the actors are taking their roles very seriously:
“David Ayer is about realism, So if your character is tormented, he wants you to torment yourself. He wants the real thing.”
Naturally this could lead to problems, so Ayer has asked the cast not to take their work home with them (it appears to late for Leto), and has brought in an in-house therapist should things get tricky, and the line between real and acting gets blurred.
“We kind of have like a therapist on board if you fall off the wagon and really are villainous,” Beach said. “There’s a friend of [Ayer’s] that’s very unique in making sure we have our ground.”
He’s not a psychotherapist, but more of a “life coach,” Beach explained. “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.”
David Ayer (End of Watch, Sabotage, Fury) writes and directs Suicide Squad.
Warner Bros. president Greg Silverman said in a statement: “The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one. David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote Training Day and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property with a cast of longtime Warner collaborators Will Smith, and other new and returning favorites: Margot, Jared, Jai and Cara. We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.”
Charles Roven (Man of Steel) is producing, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson, and Geoff Johns onboard as executive producers.
Here is how the line-up of actors now looks:
Jared Leto – The Joker
Will Smith – Deadshot
Joel Kinnaman – Rick Flag
Margot Robbie – Harley Quinn
Jai Courtney – Boomerang
Cara Delevingne – Enchantress
Viola Davis – Amanda Waller
Suicide Squad arrives in UK cinemas on 5th August 2016