Just before the Warner Bros. presentation at CinemaCon, the studio trotted out a massive number of stars on its red carpet, including the entire cast of Suicide Squad. Collider’s own Steve Weintraub was onhand and able to snag interviews with a number of those present, including Will Smith and director David Ayer, but the most enjoyable conversation came from the very lively duo of Jai Courtney and Joel Kinnaman.
The conversation veered off into a number of directions, from on-set camaraderie to Jared Leto’s eccentric gifts, but Courtney started out by addressing the reshoot rumors:
“We went and just jammed some crazy new action shit. I wish I could tell you more about that, I can’t, but that’s all we’re up to.”
While he was tight-lipped about the additional footage, Courtney and Kinnaman both had high praise for their director, David Ayer, and his process:
KINNAMAN: He pushes everybody in their own direction. I mean he’s really involved when it comes to character development, maybe more than any director I’ve ever worked with before. It’s almost like going back to theater school in some ways. And he has this whole infrastructure around that, he’s like picked up these people throughout his life. You got this guy Jamie, this L.A. cop for 26 years…
COURTNEY: It’s like a clique that roll with David that are all a part of achieving the authenticity that he strives for within his films. They’re wonderful people to interact with, and what’s great is you get all this value out of that, and it’ll teach you so much about what you’re trying to achieve yourself, but it’s not necessarily something you could’ve found on your own. It’s a wonderful gift, and it has a lot to do with why we all enjoy working with him so much.
And while the cast clearly ended up bonding well, Kinnaman admitted that initially he didn’t think he and Courtney were going to get alongl:
“I honestly thought that me and Jai were gonna have a rough time on the movie. The first time we had a read-through, he was just like eyeballing me the whole [time], and I was like, ‘Ugh this guy is gonna wanna fight me, he’s much bigger than me, this is gonna be rough.’ And then when we walked out, he jumped on my back and was riding my back, and then he goes, ‘We’re gonna get along just fine you and me!’”
Finally, Steve asked about the level of action that fans can expect in the movie, and Courtney teased that each character’s skill-set will be fully realized:
“You’re also dealing with people who aren’t necessarily superheroes but might be metahuman or even humans with just incredibly acute skills, and that feeds into it. When you’ve got a guy that can shoot and hit a target or a bull’s-eye at every opportunity that he takes, that’s a wonderful opportunity to build that into his action. That’s sort of across the board.”
Suicide Squad opens in theaters on August 5th.