Common will make his comic book movie debut in this summer’s all-villain ensemble Suicide Squad. During an interview with Collider’s Christina Radish, for the upcoming Barbershop: The Next Cut (still waiting on the next Friday) the rapper/actor spoke about why he thinks the superhero flick will be different from everything else audiences have seen.


“I just knew that world was a gritty comic book world that I haven’t seen. I feel like, with so many comic book movies being made, I wanted to be a part of one of the ones that is special. Obviously, you want the box office and those things, but I want to be a part of the special movies. And if I’m going to be a part of a comic movie, I don’t want it to just be the same story, where you can just place the new name and it’s the same story that you see. I’ve gotta say, one of the major reasons I knew it would be something cool and could be special is (director) David Ayer. I love his work. I got to work with him on Street Kings, but then I watched End of Watch and the dude is good, man.

I was excited about working with him, being a movie with Will Smith and Viola Davis and Jared Leto, and playing opposite The Joker. I was like, “God, this is going to be exciting!” And I had a couple days to leave Barbershop to go do that, and it was funny ‘cause when I came back, there were pictures from the internet of my character with all these tattoos on his head and I was looking like Dennis Rodman. But, it worked out and I’m grateful to be a part of it. I think Suicide Squad could be a story told in a new way.”


After the divisive response garnered by Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman, critics and fans alike are looking forward to seeing what else the DCEU has to offer with the critically acclaimed Fury director, David Ayer, at the helm.




Common went on to discuss his experience working opposite Jared Leto’s Joker and spoke of how he didn’t really meet the actor until the Oscars, when the two were no longer on set. He notes his admiration of Leto’s method approach to taking on the role.


“I believe in that. Whatever way is necessary for you to be that person, so that you can let go and see The Joker, I love that. From the time I stepped on the set, I was my character and he was his character. There was no in between. It wasn’t like, ‘Hey, man, how’s your family doing?’

I saw him at the Oscars, and I saw Margot Robbie, too. It was almost the first time meeting each other. With Margot, it was a little different. But I was standing in my space, being the character, so I love that Jared Leto was doing that. The scene we have, we definitely were totally improving a lot of stuff, with some of it. Some of it, we got to improv on, but I don’t know what they’ll keep. When you’re in that space, where another actor is that person, you can just live and let it be. I was really grateful. That was one of my most fun and invigorating experiences, as an actor, with the scene I had with Jared Leto, or The Joker.”


Check out the look of Common’s mysterious character, Monster T:

Common as Monster T


We keep hearing praises of Jared Leto’s take on the Clown Prince of Crime, recently, it was Ben Affleck applauding his experience with the actor. We’ll know what all the hype is about when Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5.


Images: Warner Bros.