We’ve heard so much dumb crap come out of the Suicide Squad squad that it’s hard to be surprised by anything we hear about this movie. Jared Leto’s douchey brand of method acting, complete with dead animals, live animals, and used condoms purportedly being sent around as cast gifts, is the gift that won’t stop giving no matter how much we beg it to. Listen to Leto scream cloying pull-quotes like “They’re going to lock me away in a box after this movie comes out!” and just TRY not to roll your eyes. When Leto met the costumers for the movie, he greeted them by saying “Look girls, I’m going to be pretty intense, I’m going to be the Joker when I come for fittings.” HE’S JUST LIKE, MAYBE TOO INTENSE FOR YOU TO HANDLE, GIRLS.
We are supposed to be convinced of this movie’s UNBELIEVABLE EDGINESS, but really, by this point, everything out of this movie just sounds superficially ostentatious and unrelentingly childish.
So when David Ayer brags in an interview that his most awesome directing technique is making his actors punch each other in their faces, are we at all shocked (clearly the intended reaction)? Surprised? OF COURSE NOT. Try not to let your eyeballs roll ALL the way back into brain as Ayer describes his rehearsal process, okay?
The rehearsal was very intense. 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.
WHAT ACTOR STUFF? You mean the fact that they are literally actors and not members of your armchair therapy fight club bullcrap? If you need your actors to get hit in the face to give you the performance you want, YOU’RE BAD AT YOUR FUCKING JOB.
That rehearsal process, by the way, lasted a full month. A month of David Ayer asking you super personal questions and making you punch your coworkers.