Joel Kinnaman has a lot of thoughts to share about The Suicide Squad and it’s sounding pretty promising.
Out promoting his new movie The Secrets We Keep, Kinnaman recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for a colorful, and not very safe for work, interview where his new turn as Rick Flag came up.
Kinnaman was asked how the experience was working on The Suicide Squad, to which he replied “That movie is going to be insane. The script is so funny. Every page of that script was funny, and every page made me laugh. James just has this command of that genre, but also over every aspect of comedy and even the marketing. He just understands the world so well, and since he wrote it, he really reinvents not just the concepts, but also the characters. For me, it was like I did my first comedy, but it’s like heavily R-rated.”
Judging by the footage shown at FanDome, it looked as though many of the stunts were practical, and it looks as though that was correct. “So much of the action is practical with real explosions, and yeah, that movie is going to be insane,” said Kinnaman. “It’s such a great cast that he put together. John Cena, that motherfucker is a comedic genius. No one would make us laugh on set more than John. Every scene he was in, he would go on an improvised tangent. There are so many chops in that cast, and James has such a command of it all. He knows exactly what he wants, and sometimes it’s going to take him ten takes to get there, or it’s going to take one. And he knows exactly when he gets what he needs because his ear is so attuned to it. It was a real learning experience for me too because I’d never done a comedy in that way before. So I asked James to work with me and teach me this shit. And yeah, we had so much fun doing it. That movie is going to be a fucking monster. Honestly, even though I’m in it, I can’t wait to see it as a fan.”
The cast of the original Suicide Squad was notoriously tight-knit, and it seems that has carried over to The Suicide Squad. “Yeah, there’s definitely some new members that are already becoming real friends, but there’s something about the first gang of lunatics,” Kinnaman said. “There was more energy put into making the movie the second time around. The first time around, there was a lot of energy put into everything around us. (Laughs.) But no, they’re such good people. It’s also something about the whole concept of being a squad. There was never a bad ego on either of these films; not the first or the second one. There was never a shitty person that was trying to suck up all the air. On both films, there were really generous, warm, funny people around that were just about feeding the collective. There’s something about the concept that really helps that vibe, and because there was a core unit from the first one, I think we brought that spirit of the first film into the second one as well.”
From the sounds of this interview, and another recent one, it seems Kinnaman is really hyped up for this new film, and so are we.
The Suicide Squad is due to hit theaters on Aug. 6, 2021.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter