While promoting his upcoming film Barbershop: The Next Cut, musician-turned-actor Common took some time to chat up David Ayer's Suicide Squad, a film in which he plays a villainous character covered in tattoos.
The opportunity to work on a superhero movie with a unique premise, an all-star cast, and a talented director he admired was too enticing to pass up on. "I just knew that world was a gritty comic book world that I haven't seen," Common told Collider. "I feel like, with so many comic book movies being made, I wanted to be a part of one of the ones that is special. Obviously, you want the box office and those things, but I want to be a part of the special movies. And if I'm going to be a part of a comic movie, I don't want it to just be the same story, where you can just place the new name and it's the same story that you see. I've gotta say, one of the major reasons I knew it would be something cool and could be special is (director) David Ayer. I love his work. I got to work with him on Street Kings, but then I watched End of Watch and the dude is good, man"
"I was excited about working with him, being a movie with Will Smith and Viola Davis and Jared Leto, and playing opposite The Joker," he added. "I was like, "God, this is going to be exciting!" And I had a couple days to leave Barbershop to go do that, and it was funny 'cause when I came back, there were pictures from the internet of my character with all these tattoos on his head and I was looking like Dennis Rodman. But, it worked out and I'm grateful to be a part of it. I think Suicide Squad could be a story told in a new way."
Since Common believes in the method approach to acting, he was very comfortable working with Jared Leto, who stayed in-character even off-screen. "I believe in that. Whatever way is necessary for you to be that person, so that you can let go and see The Joker, I love that," he explained." From the time I stepped on the set, I was my character and he was his character. There was no in between. It wasn't like, 'Hey, man, how's your family doing?'"
I saw him at the Oscars, and I saw Margot Robbie, too. It was almost the first time meeting each other," he added. "With Margot, it was a little different. But I was standing in my space, being the character, so I love that Jared Leto was doing that. The scene we have, we definitely were totally improving a lot of stuff, with some of it. Some of it, we got to improv on, but I don't know what they'll keep. When you're in that space, where another actor is that person, you can just live and let it be. I was really grateful. The was one of my most fun and invigorating experiences, as an actor, with the scene I had with Jared Leto, or The Joker."
Common confirmed he won't be needed for the upcoming Suicide Squad reshoots, which is being done to add humor to the film in the wake of critics and some fans complaining about Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice's serious tone.
It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself?
Suicide Squad is set to be released August 5, 2016.
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