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Will Smith on what made him take on the role of Deadshot in Suicide Squad

04.28.2016

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When it was announced that Will Smith would be playing Deadshot in David Ayer's SUICIDE SQUAD, I assumed at the time that he would be the one leading the film while the other actors would wind up playing second fiddle. Once the trailers began to roll in I was pleasantly surprised that Warner Bros. was marketing SUICIDE SQUAD as a genuine ensemble film; Deadshot doesn't seem to any more or any less important than the other members of SUICIDE SQUAD. It should be an interesting role for Smith and, as we've never seen Deadshot on the big-screen before, he's free to create the character as he sees fit, which, as he recently told Coming Soon, was a big part of why he took on the role.

It’s a character that hasn’t really been explored in cinema, I get to design it and be a part of creating the first round of Deadshot in the history of cinema...It’s a really great opportunity to work with a really great ensemble. It was perfectly cast. It’s an insane group of super actor villains.

Another reason he got involved with SUICIDE SQUAD was the chance to work with David Ayer. Smith said that "these kinds of movies are a different breed, the huge, gigantic tentpoles that are designed to be global behemoths. I wanted to do something like that with David Ayer, who is a director that cares only about character. Every single aspect and detail of the character playing into that gigantic box for me is what makes this one really special.” Working with Ayer was obviously something Smith wanted to keep going as he's set to star in BRIGHT, a Netflix film centering on a police division specializing in handling crimes involving magic which will be directed by David Ayer from a script by Max Landis. Will Smith stars as a human cop who is forced to work with an Orc (Joel Edgerton) in order to find a powerful wand that certain unsavory elements are prepared to kill for.

SUICIDE SQUAD will hit theaters on August 5, 2016.

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Source: Coming Soon

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7:55PM on 04/29/2016
he took a look at the script and saw the line ' lets go save the world'
The rest was history.
he took a look at the script and saw the line ' lets go save the world'
The rest was history.
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12:21PM on 04/29/2016
Because of 'blackwashing' ?
Because of 'blackwashing' ?
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11:38AM on 04/29/2016
I love how he said first round of Deadshot.. Meaning if I don't get the RDJ treatment for the sequel I'm not going to be Deadshot
I love how he said first round of Deadshot.. Meaning if I don't get the RDJ treatment for the sequel I'm not going to be Deadshot
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11:14AM on 04/29/2016
Because of his affair with Margot....
Because of his affair with Margot....
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10:08AM on 04/29/2016

He needed money for his kids shitty rapping and acting careers.

Good father, horrible actor. The script for this movie has lines that rival Batman and Robin in terms of stupidity.
Good father, horrible actor. The script for this movie has lines that rival Batman and Robin in terms of stupidity.
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3:55PM on 04/29/2016
No, he's a shitty father too. Have you actually seen the insanity his kids have been involved in?
No, he's a shitty father too. Have you actually seen the insanity his kids have been involved in?
10:05AM on 04/29/2016

Well, he's better have taken the role,

since he's one of the most vocal celebrities to complain about the lack of roles for racially diverse actors. I'm always stunned, however, when a studio or an actor feels they need to "Create" a character that has already been created. I guess they feel they can do it better... perhaps they can. Guess we'll find out.
since he's one of the most vocal celebrities to complain about the lack of roles for racially diverse actors. I'm always stunned, however, when a studio or an actor feels they need to "Create" a character that has already been created. I guess they feel they can do it better... perhaps they can. Guess we'll find out.
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2:59AM on 04/29/2016
I don't know much about Deadshot so I am curious to know what it is about the character specifically that attracted Will. He doesn't really elaborate and Deadshot as part of the film doesn't really come off as anything terribly special, but that could simply be because he's the most normal looking character on the team. It is nice to see him doing a big action film again, but I am still not completely behind the movie. Ayer has had a spotty career, as well as DC's past few attempts to adapt
I don't know much about Deadshot so I am curious to know what it is about the character specifically that attracted Will. He doesn't really elaborate and Deadshot as part of the film doesn't really come off as anything terribly special, but that could simply be because he's the most normal looking character on the team. It is nice to see him doing a big action film again, but I am still not completely behind the movie. Ayer has had a spotty career, as well as DC's past few attempts to adapt their comics. Hopefully it is good though. It would be great to see DC turn out a great action film.
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12:47AM on 04/29/2016
fat paycheck and he gets to kill the bad guy
fat paycheck and he gets to kill the bad guy
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12:10AM on 04/29/2016
Sounds to me like the only reason he took the role is so he could feed his fat ego by allowing him to "design it and be a part of creating the first round of Deadshot in the history of cinema".

Either way I'll still see this flick.
Sounds to me like the only reason he took the role is so he could feed his fat ego by allowing him to "design it and be a part of creating the first round of Deadshot in the history of cinema".

Either way I'll still see this flick.
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10:55PM on 04/28/2016
Regardless of how great he looks in the role, I really hope Will Smith's ego doesn't allow himself to upstage everybody else.
Regardless of how great he looks in the role, I really hope Will Smith's ego doesn't allow himself to upstage everybody else.
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10:36PM on 04/28/2016
Casting Will Smith was clearly a move to ensure they make their overseas money, say what you want about Will's fading domestic numbers, he's still a hell of a draw internationally
Casting Will Smith was clearly a move to ensure they make their overseas money, say what you want about Will's fading domestic numbers, he's still a hell of a draw internationally
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10:18PM on 04/28/2016

Margot

Man alive, every time I see something with her, I feel she gets better and better as this version of Harley. While I will miss the accent of the original, I think she looks great in it. I hope this is better than BVS. So it doesn't have much to live up to.
Man alive, every time I see something with her, I feel she gets better and better as this version of Harley. While I will miss the accent of the original, I think she looks great in it. I hope this is better than BVS. So it doesn't have much to live up to.
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10:05PM on 04/28/2016
Probably because of all of the zero's on his paycheck or the fact that he was in desperate need of a hit film.
Probably because of all of the zero's on his paycheck or the fact that he was in desperate need of a hit film.
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9:34PM on 04/28/2016
I find myself getting more excited about seeing new comic characters on screen for the first than some of the returning/rebooted characters. To think we get Deadpool, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Black Panther, Apocalypse, and Dr Strange appearing for the first time in film this year. Batman and Spider-man are my favorite characters, and yet I haven't been too excited about either of the new versions. Maybe I just crave more originality these days.
I find myself getting more excited about seeing new comic characters on screen for the first than some of the returning/rebooted characters. To think we get Deadpool, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Black Panther, Apocalypse, and Dr Strange appearing for the first time in film this year. Batman and Spider-man are my favorite characters, and yet I haven't been too excited about either of the new versions. Maybe I just crave more originality these days.
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9:28PM on 04/28/2016
...or he could have just said the money, and left it at that.
...or he could have just said the money, and left it at that.
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