Suicide Squad actor Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project, MADtv) was a guest on The Howard Stern Show and shared some behind-the-scenes details about his more famous co-stars, such as Will Smith's generosity, Jaredo Leto's Joker-like gifts and Margot Robbie giving a cast member a tattoo with a typo.
A lot of has been written about Jaredo Leto staying in-character for Suicide Squad and how he presented various cast members with disturbing gifts, but now Barinholtz explains how some of the crazy gift-giving went down.
"He did this crazy thing...all the actors were rehearsing, and his character is in love with Margot Robbie -- she's Harley Quinn...so we're rehearsing, and this actor who plays the Joker's kind of lieutenant, walks in and he goes, 'Present for Ms. Quinn.' Hands her a box. She opens the box, and a live, giant black rat pops out," Barinholtz explained to Howard Stern. "And we're like, 'What the f--k is going on? That's crazy!' So 20 minutes later, we're still rehearsing, and the actor comes back in and he goes, 'This is for the squad from Mr. J. And he throws a pig on the table, a dead pig, and as he puts the pig on the table all these bullets start to come out of it...this is in a rehearsal space a month before we started shooting."
Then there is Margot Robbie, who Barinholtz describes as a fun-loving Australian that enjoys drinking beer and giving tattoos. "She has a tattoo gun, so [the cast would] get drunk and [she'd be] like, 'Alright, let me give you a tattoo,'" he shared. "And one of the guys she tattooed, she made a big typo. And he was like, 'Oh it's cool, don't worry about it!'"
He then told Stern how Smith spent his enormous wealth. One night Barinholtz and Smith had to shoot all night on the set, which was the same day Manny Pacquiao fought Floyd Mayweather. Barinholtz mentioned to Smith how disappointed he was that he'd be missing the fight. Smith told him not worry about it as he would take care of it. Smith ended up turning it into a 500-person event by renting out 3 movie theater screens to show the fight on and had a soul food restaurant in Toronto cater it.
Barinholtz also told Stern that the film's budget was "north of $250M." Whoa!
You can listen to Barinholtz's comments in the video. Warning: Some of the language used is NSFW.
Directed and written by David Ayer (Fury) and features an all-star cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Adam Beach, Jay Hernandez, and Karen Fukahara.
Suicide Squad is set to be released August 5, 2016.