Behind The Scenes Saturday: Suicide Squad (2016)

Welcome back to Behind The Scenes Saturday!! This post is dedicated to my biggest fan, my mother! She really likes this film, so I wanted to thank her for her massive support with this post. Although Suicide Squad was met with great dislike, I gave it another shot and found that it really isn’t as bad as I originally thought. I hope you enjoy!!

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  • Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) began her training for the movie about six months before filming began. She worked on boxing, gymnastics, weapons training, and areal silk training. She also learned to hold her breath for long periods of time to prepare for her underwater scene.
  • The last scene shot in the film was the helicopter crash. It was the last scene because if any of the actors were injured, it wouldn’t delay filming.
  • Most of the squad cast members had many rehearsals together EXCEPT Margot Robbie and Jared Leto (The Joker). This was because Robbie and the film’s director, David Ayer felt that the less time the actors spent together, the greater chance of unpredictability and chaos between Harley and The Joker.
  • Most of the cast and crew got the same tattoo that read “SKWAD” to honor the film. Some of the tattoos were even applied by Margot Robbie and Will Smith (Deadshot). Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag) later expressed regret having Will Smith tattoo him.
  • To prepare for the role of Deadshot, Will Smith trained with Navy S.E.A.L.s and Army Rangers.
  • Jared Leto wanted to perfect The Joker’s laugh, and he did so by trying different laughs on the streets of New York and Toronto. This helped him determine which laugh made people the most uncomfortable.
  • Ryan Gosling was approached to play The Joker but he declined because he didn’t want to commit to a multi-picture deal.
  • Both Jared Leto and Jay Hernandez (El Diablo) shaved off their eyebrows for their characters. According to Hernandez, that choice saved him an extra 30 minutes from the makeup chair.
  • Jared Leto is a method actor who took the role of The Joker so seriously, he didn’t break character even when the cameras weren’t rolling. He sent the cast and crew members disturbing presents, including: a live rat to Margot Robbie, bullets to Will Smith, and a soiled playboy magazine to Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc). He also sent the crew a dead hog, anal beads, and used condoms. Scott Eastwood (GQ Edwards) was frightened by him and Smith stated he never met the REAL Leto.
  • Margot Robbie ended up keeping the live rat that Jared Leto gifted her. She named him Rat-Rat and said she kept him because if Harley got something from The Joker, she’d probably cherish it.
  • Margot Robbie did a majority of Harley’s stunts herself. Her stunt double spent more time sitting around in the trailers than performing stunts because Robbie wanted to do them herself, according to David Ayer.
  • It took at least five hours to apply the makeup and body paint to Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
  • Jared Leto decided not to watch Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight. He chose not to because he wanted to form his own version of the character and didn’t want to take anything from Ledger. He instead got inspiration from the Joker’s comics.
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje also did research on Killer Croc through decades-worth of Croc’s comics. He also researched crocodiles and cannibalism.
  • Will Smith had many long discussions with David Ayer about very personal matters that included Smith’s dark past experiences, fears, and frustrations. To help with Smith’s performance, Ayer recalled most of these issues to him while filming. This helped Smith get in the right frame of mind.
  • To prepare for her role as Amanda Waller, Viola Davis read Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Thomas.
  • Cara Delevingne was cast as June Moone/Enchantress before the script was written. David Ayer told her to prepare for the role by stripping naked in the woods under a full moon and walking around in the mud. Allegedly, she did so privately on the secluded compound of her sister’s mansion.
  • When asked about working with Margot Robbie, Jared Leto stated, “Margot is very easy to have chemistry with. She’s incredibly talented and very sweet and a great actress. The perfect partner for me and The Joker.”
  • Jai Courtney (Boomerang) once vowed to never appear in a comic book movie. However, once he heard David Ayer was directing and producing this film, Courtney changed his mind.
  • Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, and Octavia Spencer were all considered for the role of Amanda Waller before Viola Davis landed it.
  • Blake Lively was considered for the role of June Moone, but she had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with The Shallows.
  • David Ayer wanted to cast Shia LaBeouf in the film, but due to LaBeouf’s reputation, Warner Bros. completely vetoed the idea.
  • David Ayer once admitted he regretted not making The Joker the main villain in the film.
  • Margot Robbie had a say in what tattoos her character had in the film. She chose the dolphin jumping over the rainbow because she felt that Harley would see the tattoo as rebellious, yet not too edgy.
  • For more research on her character, Margot Robbie read about relationship co-dependency. She viewed Harley’s relationship with The Joker as more like an addiction.
  • The dead pig that Jared Leto gave the crew was actually put into the film. It was thrown to Killer Croc’s cell and David Ayer was the one who threw it in.
  • When Harley imagines herself living a happy life with The Joker and their children, Jared Leto had to wear fake eyebrows because he shaved his real ones off for the role. He also wore fake hair and fake teeth for the scene.
  • In early versions of the script, Slipknot (Adam Beach) was revealed to be a serial rapist, thus making him less sympathetic to audiences.
  • Supposedly, the scene where Boomerang was apprehended by The Flash (Ezra Miller) was directed by Zack Snyder.
  • Although no explanation was given as to how The Joker survived the helicopter crash, it’s been speculated that The Joker did indeed die, and when bargaining with Harley, Enchantress actually followed through on her vow to bring him back to life.
  • Warner Bros. had a big problem with El Diablo killing his family. Jay Hernandez had to fight for the story to stay in the film.
  • There were rumors that Griggs (Ike Barinholtz) was going to be the main villain. This rumor was ultimately debunked.

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