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Will Smith and Margot Robbie on the unique way David Ayer deals with actors

07.08.2016

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Much has been written about how the acting ensemble which makes up the titular squad in SUICIDE SQUAD approached their characters, particularly how Jared Leto dived into the Joker's psyche by sending his co-stars some rather disturbing gifts, but director David Ayer had his own unique methods as well. Those methods involved getting together his entire cast for physical training as well as deep emotional analysis into their issues, which he then used to his advantage during filming.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly recently, Will Smith spoke a little about Ayer's approach.

They were technically rehearsals, but not really. It was much more about David spending time going through everyone’s lives, connecting our life experiences to our character’s life experiences and finding those parallels. What we didn’t realize was what he does in the process is he learns our buttons. We are really bonding but David is grabbing all of your deepest emotional issues so he can throw them back in your face on set.

Although Smith was on board with Ayer's way of bonding the cast, Margot Robbie wasn't really a fan.

It was a pretty vulnerable place to go. He wants to know about your personal history and your relationships and your childhood, things like that that you don’t really want to tell a stranger. And then you have to share that with the rest of your squad as well. I really didn’t like that.

It seems a little cruel, but it was merely a way for David Ayer to get the actors to bond and craft some "new tools" for their performances.

Acting is very lonely, I don’t think people realize how much these people live out of suitcases and just show up. If you can give them a sense of connection and family and build support around them, then you get the trust. I think trust drives performance.

Judging from how close the cast of SUICIDE SQUAD has become, even getting matching tattoos, I'd say that Ayer's exercises paid off. But, if there's a lesson to be learned from this, it's that if you're ever in a room with David Ayer, you should definitely not tell him about the time you touched penises with the neighbour boy in a barn when you were six, he'll only use it against you.

SUICIDE SQUAD hits theaters on August 5, 2016.

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Source: EW

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3:46AM on 07/11/2016
Costume better than spider man though
Costume better than spider man though
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2:17PM on 07/09/2016

A new JoBlo low

I have visited this site for years and the touching penises comment by Kevin is literally the strangest thing I've ever seen from someone working for JoBlo. I don't even remember what article was about after seeing that. User comments are deleted for being too mean but you fucking publish that?!
I have visited this site for years and the touching penises comment by Kevin is literally the strangest thing I've ever seen from someone working for JoBlo. I don't even remember what article was about after seeing that. User comments are deleted for being too mean but you fucking publish that?!
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10:58AM on 07/11/2016
Saying two penises kissed isn't mean. You call that a new low? Lol.
Saying two penises kissed isn't mean. You call that a new low? Lol.
7:34AM on 07/09/2016
I love how Ayer creates such a strong bond between his actors. The dialogue, especially the banter, feels so real between the characters. That is one aspect I am really looking forward to from this movie.
I love how Ayer creates such a strong bond between his actors. The dialogue, especially the banter, feels so real between the characters. That is one aspect I am really looking forward to from this movie.
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2:56AM on 07/09/2016
I wonder if he made them beat each other up like with Fury. And most importantly, who won,
I wonder if he made them beat each other up like with Fury. And most importantly, who won,
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12:38AM on 07/09/2016
I dug Fury much more than I thought I would but Sabotage was a little lackluster. This has my interest for sure. Come on, people. Out of all the crazy shit that gets posted, the "touching penises" line is scoffed at?!? Get a sense of humor.
I dug Fury much more than I thought I would but Sabotage was a little lackluster. This has my interest for sure. Come on, people. Out of all the crazy shit that gets posted, the "touching penises" line is scoffed at?!? Get a sense of humor.
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11:06AM on 07/09/2016
Of course it was scoffed at, it was juvenile and just plain dumb.
Of course it was scoffed at, it was juvenile and just plain dumb.
11:42AM on 07/09/2016
"Scoffed." Nerd.
"Scoffed." Nerd.
10:26PM on 07/08/2016

I like sophmoric humor as mucha s the next guy

But come on, that was bad.

Almost as bad a s David Ayer movies. I have VERY low expectations of this after the disaster that Fury turned out to be.
But come on, that was bad.

Almost as bad a s David Ayer movies. I have VERY low expectations of this after the disaster that Fury turned out to be.
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10:16PM on 07/08/2016

Ummm...

I like all the Suicide Squad/David Ayer stuff, but I'm still trying to figure out why you felt you had to crowbar in your penises touching joke. Weird choice, dude.
I like all the Suicide Squad/David Ayer stuff, but I'm still trying to figure out why you felt you had to crowbar in your penises touching joke. Weird choice, dude.
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8:58PM on 07/08/2016
'Touch penises'? Wow, you guys are either very imaginative writers or well experienced in the subject matter to ever brought that up. LOL
'Touch penises'? Wow, you guys are either very imaginative writers or well experienced in the subject matter to ever brought that up. LOL
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