Suicide Squad, the new movie based on the DC Comics supervillain team, has won accolades for reflecting the diversity in the DC Universe. The film features a truly diverse ensemble of actors that includes Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Cara Delevingne, Karen Fukuhara, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, and Adewale Akinnoye-Agbaje. According to Metro, Will Smith commended the diversity that has been reflected in the movie’s star cast.
“What I love about working with this group, it’s a rainbow – it’s all races, creeds, and colors. It’s the diversity and inclusion that this country is supposed to be about.”
— Where To Watch (@Where_To_Watch) August 3, 2016
Will Smith plays the role of Floyd Lawton, alias Deadshot, a conflicted criminal who is an ace marksman and a ruthless assassin. Suicide Squad is Will Smith’s first movie in which he plays the role of a supervillain.
The veteran actor might be playing a crack assassin in Suicide Squad but he takes a hard line against those who preach bias and racism in real life. Recently, the Suicide Squad assassin came down heavily on Donald Trump, the Presidential candidate, for referring to comedian Rosie O’Donnell as a “fat pig.” According to the International Business Times, Will Smith admitted that he has failed to understand the growing popularity of Donald Trump amongst Americans, particularly in light of the controversial politician’s derogatory remarks against women.
Apart from Deadshot, Suicide Squad also features the iconic Joker as a part of the supervillain team. Earlier, the Joker has been brought to life onscreen by actors like Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, and, perhaps most notably, Heath Ledger. Suicide Squad features Jared Leto in the role of the legendary villain of the DC Universe. According to the Toronto Sun, Jared Leto expressed the excitement and apprehension that he felt while playing the iconic villain, saying that the role is so creatively fulfilling that he could easily retire after completing the role.
“I could easily just play the Joker a couple more times and then retire. Because it’s so fulfilling and so creative and it’s so imaginative. It’s really difficult to think about doing anything else!”
The Fight Club actor undertook a lot of research in order to portray the Joker to his own satisfaction in Suicide Squad. The actor studied the differing interpretations of the character by various artists, writers, and actors who have taken on the role over the years, particularly educating himself for the role by referring to earlier portrayals of the Joker in previous films. Additionally, he also studied the animated version of the Joker that was voiced by Mark Hamill. The deeper he pondered the character, the more he realized that every actor and artist has had his own unique way of depicting the Joker. At a certain point, Jared Leto stopped researching further and decided to let his imagination take over.
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) August 9, 2016
After feeling satisfied with his own adaptation of the iconic Joker, Leto decided to stay in character while filming Suicide Squad, even when he wasn’t filming a scene. In fact, during Suicide Squad rehearsals, Jared introduced himself to the other Suicide Squad cast member in a way that can only be associated with the Joker. He wrote handwritten notes to everyone and at times even sent strange gifts to other cast members, including a bag full of bullets for Will Smith, a live rat for Margot Robbie, and a dead pig for the entire squad.
Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is another character in Suicide Squad that has intensified the excitement surrounding the movie. And more than her acting skills, it is Margot Robbie’s tiny shorts in Suicide Squad that has got everybody talking. Earlier, Margot had justified wearing the revealing outfit because her character in the movie needed to be depicted as sparkling and funny. According to News Australia, there are rumors that claim that Margot’s skimpy shorts were photoshopped and digitally altered to look perfect in various trailers.
— The New Daily (@TheNewDailyAu) August 5, 2016
The cast and crew have yet to comment, and only the actual movie will confirm whether Margot’s outfits – and particularly those tiny shorts – look the same in the film as they did in the trailers.
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