Two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith will soon be seen suiting up as the master marksman Deadshot in David Ayer's Suicide Squad - a movie that analysts feel could very well save the 2016 summer movie season. However, given that Smith is a major movie star, a Grammy-winning recording artist and an accomplished movie and music producer, some may be wondering why Will Smith signed on as part of the DC Expanded Universe in the first place.
Well, in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor revealed that he did so for two different reasons: to work with director David Ayer and to do something he's never done before.
“I had never played a character that legitimately didn’t give a f—,” says Smith of the nihilist assassin he portrays in the movie. “It’s very freeing not having to carry the moral spine of the movie.”
Smith went on to reveal that he worked closely on the character with Ayer.
“I couldn’t find a model to understand what would make someone comfortable killing another person for money,” says Smith. “David walked me through that. He found a book for me (The Anatomy of Motive by John Douglas), and I worked through getting into the mind of serial killers. Once I accepted the [notion the author puts forth] that it feels good, that really exploded the idea in my mind of Deadshot.”
However, Deadshot is more than just a cold-blooded assassin, he's also a father looking to do right by his daughter and that was a conflict that really intrigued Will Smith.
“His Achilles heel is his daughter,” he says. “He loves this little girl and that creates this bizarre conflicting mindset where he enjoys killing people but that’s something this little girl doesn’t want from him. She wants a daddy.”
And how does Ayer feel about Smith's work in the role?
“I’m so proud of what he did in this,” says Ayer. “I think that’s going to be one of the surprises [of the movie.] It feels like he found something new. He found a different gear in this.”
Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney and Ben Affleck, Suicide Squad arrives in theatres on Friday, August 5th.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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