It seems like the cast of Suicide Squad is teasing the upcoming ensemble film every week. Recently Jared Leto hinted that his take on the Joker was like that of a stage actor approaching Hamlet. Common and Ben Affleck also chimed in, with Common lauding the film’s uniqueness and Affleck saying Leto was “masterful.” However, there were also reports that the film was going through scene reshoots to add humor. Jai Courtney debunked those rumors and now he has more to say about the film and its ‘psychotic’ director.
In an interview with Collider’s Christina Radish for the documentary Be Here Now: The Andy Whitfield Story, the Captain Boomerang actor spoke on the surprising camaraderie on set.
“What was most surprising was the camaraderie on set. It’s easy to imagine, on a film of that scale with a cast of that scale, you wouldn’t find the family that we did in each other. That was really awesome. You can’t predict those things. You can’t fashion it out of something else. Sometimes it works great, others not. It really was a familial experience for all of us, which was really cool, man.”
Like Common, he believes Suicide Squad will push the superhero genre in a newfangled direction, saying it will offer audiences something “new and exciting that they haven’t seen in that realm.” It could be David Ayer’s fresh perspective that’s garnering the film early praise. But, according to Jai Courtney, when asked to describe the director, it’s something else entirely.
“Psychotic. He is the man. He’s one of the greats. I think he has an amazing future ahead of him, and I hope we get to work together again. I have nothing but admiration for him, and small amounts of fear. That about sums it up. He loves that attention to detail, and he’s not interested in comfort. Nothing is about making anything easy for anyone. And that’s not about making it hard, it’s just that when you’re off center, it creates a space for wonderful things to happen. That’s the world he likes to play in, and I think that’s very exciting.”
With the characters he’s dealing with, psychotic was a given. While writing the script, the director would tweet his thoughts on Harley Quinn’s madness. Touches like this make the film’s hype that much more promising.
The case of Harley Quinn: Her madness defines her. Is she mad because of WHO she loves or because she loves him so much? #skwad
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) February 5, 2015
Audiences will know just how ‘psychotic’ Ayer’s vision is when Suicide Squad arrives in theaters on August 5.
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