‘Suicide Squad’ Director David Ayer Turned Rehearsals into ‘Fight Club’

Suicide Squad Rehearsals

In 1999’s Fight Club, Brad Pitt‘s Tyler Durden memorably asks, “How much can you know about yourself, you’ve never been in a fight?” Apparently, that’s a statement that Suicide Squad director David Ayer believes in, too.

When he was preparing the cast for the upcoming film about the villains of the DC Comics Universe, Ayer wanted to see just how tough his cast really was by creating a fight club of his own. He tells Yahoo!, “The rehearsal was very intense. It wasn’t a normal rehearsal, we’d talk about their lives, their history, and really got them to open up as people to each other. I also had them fight. I had them fight each other. You learn a lot about who a person really is when you punch them in the face. It gets rid of a lot of the actor stuff.”

I’m mildly curious who won in the fight between, say, Will Smith and Margot Robbie. Aren’t you?

Leave a Reply

‘Call Me By Your Name’ Star Timothée Chalamet: “What scares me is being boring”
"At a certain point I was able to come to grips with the idea to just 'be.'" - Timothée Chalamet
‘Phantom Thread’ Star Lesley Manville: “It’s so easy to make someone bad look good on film. In theatre, there’s no hiding place”
"Filming is different. You’re getting a moment right. You can go in and create something very good, very quickly. That’s a different challenge to having five, six weeks to rehearse a play.” - Lesley Manville
Chadwick Boseman on ‘Black Panther’ and How He Refocused His Career
"As soon as I came to L.A., things immediately shifted for me." - Chadwick Boseman
Bernadette Peters on Returning to Broadway and Why She is Still Trying to Improve Her Craft
"You have to do your best to fulfill the role, not fulfill yourself" - Bernadette Peters
Ellen Pompeo: “Acting, to me, is boring”
"Anybody can be good on a show season one and two. Can you be good 14 years later? Now, that's a f*ckin' skill." - Ellen Pompeo