David Ayer has been known to put his cast through extreme rehearsals in order to get the best and most honest performances out of them. In his last movie Fury, he reportedly had his actors fist fight each other and constantly verbally abuse each other. The results make it hard for anyone to argue the director doesn’t know what he’s doing.
In the upcoming Suicide Squad, it seems Ayer took the same approach for the comic book movie. One of the things he talked about in the press visit reports was how personal he wanted the actors to get, not only with him but with each other.
“As far as helping the actors, for me it’s specificity to help them tap into their own lives. Help them tap into their own experiences and their own hearts. Their own families, their own traumas, their own pains, their own loves. Any time an actor can do that it’s going to yield a better performance, I think a more honest performance. At the end of the day, like I said, sure this is a movie about super villains but they’re just people. They’re just people, so as long as the actors are emotionally honest then the characters will feel real to us and we’ll understand because that’s the film.”
Its a lot for a director to ask of their actors, because of how vulnerable it makes them feel. But the results have proven that Ayer’s methods do work. His films are very character driven, which makes him the perfect director for this movie. A few of the cast members echoed Ayer’s comments and also reflected on their experience with the process.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc):
“We all trained together. Everything was done together. We worked out together. We rehearsed together. We cried together. We hurt together. We laughed together. There was definitely a magical method to the madness…”
Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn):
“… Day One we’re in the rehearsal room in front of everyone I’d just met and David’s like, ‘So tell me about your childhood.’ It’s immediately in deep and you’re completely exposed and it’s kinda awful but ends up being extremely helpful for the character work and development.”
We’ve already seen comic book movies where different characters come together and the movie explore that internal conflict, but having Ayer on board and the film being villain focused makes it something fresh. As excited as I am in seeing iconic DC villains onscreen, I’m especially looking forward to seeing them interact.
We’re just a few weeks away until Suicide Squad arrives. Go purchase your tickets in advance now. You can read more about the rehearsal process in the link below.