Viola Davis On Getting Into Character With Suicide Squad Director David Ayer


The release date of Suicide Squad is getting closer and closer and as the excitement continues to build up, we keep getting bits of information about what happened behind the scenes just adding to it. We know writer-director David Ayer’s methods are, to put it mildly, unconventional, and he encourages his actors to put this into practice on set. So, it’s not really news when one of them tells a story like Viola Davis’.

The two-time Oscar nominee plays super badass special agent Amanda Waller, the queen of manipulation. She has no super power but she manages to convince every single person involved in making the squad a working strategic move, so of course, she had to play her with conviction. She had to be witty and threatening.

“She’s a strategist. She’s a manipulator. She doesn’t fly in the sky or swim in the water,” Davis says. “She’s just a regular person who can manipulate these superheroes. And I love that.”

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So, Ayer decided to help her a little when shooting some scenes. Take for example a scene she had to do with Joel Kinnaman who plays Rick Flagg, the man in charge of guiding/keeping an eye on the squad and Special Agent Waller’s first lieutenant. Their relationship isn’t the warmest so obviously their interactions needed to be a little tense.

“He would make me call, [Davis starts laughing and can’t really stop] Joel Kinnaman a p—y at times. A bitch. [More laughs.] It’s completely politically incorrect but it caused a reaction in me,” says Davis. “It made me feel like a straight up thug, and it made Rick Flagg want to kick my ass. So David got what he wanted.”

It’s safe to say Joel Kinnaman has his own version of the story.

“Some of the stuff she said really pissed me off,” he recalls. “And I felt really betrayed. And that’s exactly what David wanted me to feel… And now it’s in the movie. That’s some pretty high-level direction through manipulation.”

Some might call Ayer’s methods unorthodox but apparently they pay off. We’ll get to witness this when Suicide Squad premieres in less than a month (!!!) on August 5.