Will Smith who plays Deadshot in Suicide Squad during his interview with Entertainment Weekly for the July 15th issue of the magazine, spoke on why he choose to play the role Floyd Lawton / Deadshot when he was approached by director David Ayer for the role.
“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.”
With the encouragement of Ayer, who he worked with closely on the character, Smith went deep inside the mind of an assassin.
“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.”