Suicide Squad is only a few months away and new interviews are piling up as the days grow close. Collider spoke recently with Common, who plays Monster T in Suicide Squad, about various films he has been working on and of course Suicide Squad was mentioned.
It seems like it would be a dream for any actor to be a part of the comic book world.
COMMON: Oh, yes!
What made you want to be a part of Suicide Squad, and what was it about that film and character that appealed to you personally?
COMMON: Oh, man, I just knew that world was a gritty comic book world that I haven’t seen. 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. 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.
There’s been a lot of talk recently about the re-shoots on the film and why they’re being done. Are they really looking to add some humor into the film?
COMMON: I’m not a part of the re-shoots. I would go back because that’s one that I really love and am excited to be a part of. If they said, “Come back, we want you in more stuff,” I would be like, “I’m right there!”
Playing a character that’s in business with The Joker means that you got to spend some time working with Jared Leto. What was it like to watch him do his thing for that film and approach his character the way that he did?
COMMON: 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. 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?”
So, you’re still waiting to meet Jared Leto?
COMMON: Basically, yeah. I saw him at the Oscars, and I saw Margot Robbie, too. It was almost the first time meeting each other. 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.
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