David Ayer Made the Suicide Squad Cast Punch Each Other on Set

Thursday, 16 June 2016 - 1:38PM
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Thursday, 16 June 2016 - 1:38PM
David Ayer Made the Suicide Squad Cast Punch Each Other on Set
Much has been made of Jared Leto's method acting on the Suicide Squad set, as well as the general difficulty of the subject matter, with rumors that director David Ayer brought in a therapist to help the cast through filming. But according to a new interview, Ayer had a very simple way to break the tension on set: Suicide Squad Fight Club.

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"The rehearsal was very intense," Ayer told Yahoo! Movies. "It wasn't a normal rehearsal, we'd talk about their lives, their history, and really got them to open up as people to each other. I also had them fight. I had them fight each other. You learn a lot about who a person really is when you punch them in the face. It gets rid of a lot of the actor stuff."
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The fighting sounds a little crazy, but actually isn't so surprising from Ayer, who reportedly had similar tactics on the set of war movie Fury. And the cast confirmed that Ayer probed into their personal lives, as star Joel Kinnaman claimed that they were all sharing their deepest darkest secrets.

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"He asked questions in front of everyone that were hard to dodge," Kinnaman said. "'What are you most afraid of? What is the most embarrassed you've ever been? What's the meanest thing you've ever done to someone?' Those kinds of questions. So it becomes very honest, it strips the facade and you get to know each other for real.

You often hear directors talk about a rehearsal period, and it often ends up being an advanced table read. But we actually had a month of rehearsals. We were all in one room, rehearsing the script, improvising, and that puts everybody in an insecure and vulnerable position. You feel like everybody is feeling the same things, and you overcome it together. That was really effective on this film. We all had to show our asses to each other."
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It's unclear whether "showing their asses to each other" is literal or just a euphemism for being vulnerable with each other, but on this set, you never know. Yahoo's extensive write-up claimed that the cast was having a ton of fun on set, in spite of the dark subject matter, and that it was easy to see they would have chemistry on screen. "If we have as much fun watching Suicide Squad as they're having making it," they wrote, "it's going to be the greatest movie of all time." That might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but if the first reactions from the test screenings are to be believed, it will at least be far superior to Batman v Superman.

Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5.
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