Perhaps that’s why the new superhero film “Suicide Squad” — which features a number of heavy, violent performances, including a new Joker played by Jared Leto — finds director David Ayer taking no chances with the mental health of his villainous cast.
In an interview with E! News, Adam Beach, the actor playing Slipknot in “Suicide Squad,” discussed how Ayer brought a “therapist” on the set to ensure that the actors can get deep enough in their characters without losing it altogether.
“David Ayer is about realism,” Beach explained. “So if your character is tormented, he wants you to torment yourself. He wants the real thing.”
Still, for the sake of his all-star cast — which includes Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Leto — Ayer keeps the “therapist,” who Beach says is really a “life coach,” around the set to ensure that the actors’ internal torment doesn’t go too far.
“There’s a friend of [Ayer’s] that’s very unique in making sure we have our ground,” Beach said. “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.”
Despite Ayer’s somewhat cautionary approach, Jared Leto has reportedly gone all out with his Joker character both on and off set — ominously sending a live rat to Margot Robbie, bullets to Will Smith, and a “dead hog” to the cast.
This weekend, though, we did see a glimpse of lightheartedness peak through the chaotic set when Margot Robbie posted a photo of a birthday cake the crew made for her, featuring frosting-styled original comics of her Harley Quinn character.
“Suicide Squad” hits theatres on August 5.
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