It’s been a little while since we’ve heard news about David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad movie. Of course, that may have something to do with the fact that Joker-mobile is no longer tearing down Yonge Street in Toronto with a Batman on the roof, but production is still going on in more indoor locations. Now Suicide Squad is a huge production, and Ayers is a director that likes to go for realism, so when you have a cast of actors playing super-villains, what does that entail? Pretending you’re nuts, of course. Now consider this, if you’re encourage your actors to find their inner-psychotic, what happens if they go a bit too deep into their character? The answer: an on-set psychologist.
Actor Adam Beach, who plays Slipknot in the Squad was talking to E! Online when the subject of authenticity in playing criminally-insane, government-sponsored assassins came up. Beach said that Ayers is pushing him and his castmates to be as legit as possible in their performances, and if that sounds a bit out-there, and perhaps concerning that a bunch of Hollywood actors are turning themselves into costumed criminals, no worries, Ayers has a contingency.
“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.”
Might Ayers be over-reacting a bit? Well, it’s worth noting that there was some concern that Heath Ledger’s intense preparation to play the Joker in The Dark Knight, including spending a month alone in his hotel room in character, contributed to his 2008 drug overdose. None of that’s been proven definitively though, but perhaps it still serves as a cautionary tale.
It’s uncertain how far the cast has gone with Ayers’ advice, but there was a report that current Joker Jared Leto sent bizarre presents to his castmates as a way of getting into character as the Clown Prince of Crime. Sounds like there’s one ready for the shrink’s couch right there, but if Leto is truly that deep into character, it’s the psychiatrist that should be worried about Leto attempting to seduce him or her. You know, like Harley Quinn’s origin. Anyhoo…
Suicide Squad will be in theaters everywhere August 2016.
Source: Comic Book Movie