Suicide Squad is packed with characters and stars who could command a film on their own, but part of the fun is seeing this chaotic mess of personalities clash and come together and clash again. We had the opportunity on set to interview two of them together: Margot Robbie, who plays iconic fan favorite Harley Quinn, and Jai Courtney, who plays a version of Captain Boomerang that you’ve definitely never met before. The actors discussed their stunts, the “skwad” camaraderie, Jared Leto‘s Joker, and — of course — the possibility of sequels. Read our Suicide Squad Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney interview below.
Jai, which Captain Boomerang are you playing? Are you George “Digger” Harkness, who was the Captain Boomerang in the Suicide Squad comics, or are you a new character created specifically for this film?
JC: I think it is somewhat of an amalgamation, I think is probably the fairest thing to say. I was curious about that. Look, I have my own ideas but we haven’t set something up that we are bound by. David [Ayer] and I had a discussion about that early on. So, look, who knows? Within this property, I guess that leaves room and freedom in a sense to kind of go either way. But at this stage it is not necessarily specified.
What does Boomerang think of Harley Quinn?
MR: This I want to hear.
JC: He thinks the truth.
MR: My note towards Captain Boomerang when he walks in the script is, I think he’s an idiot.
JC: Well, you’re wrong. Did she correct herself later on?
MR: She has moments where she’s like, he’s funny, and then it goes back to her thinking he’s an idiot.
Can you talk about how your characters work together as a team?
MR: Well, the Squad’s together.
JC: That’s what I think makes this movie so fun is that there is so much antagonism between them all. We all have our roles to play amongst the group. I definitely pick up the kind of class clown slack at times. Harley has this great line where she says, “Your village in Australia is missing its idiot. You should call home.” Which is a great line and rings true.
MR: I think they’ve got like a brother/sister relationship. Where they just noodle at each other.
JC: There is kind of like mutual respect amongst them all at a certain point and that not necessarily something that is there at the beginning but when they come around to the idea that they need to band together because in a way they are all they have. That is sort of one of the beautiful playoffs of this ensemble.
Margot, you said you made a note in your script as to what your character thinks of Boomer. Did you make notes for all the characters?
MR: Oh yeah. Whenever little scenes between them happen, I just write in the corner of my page what I think about them. At the beginning I decided how she feels about each character. For some reason I think she really likes Killer Croc and looks at him like a teddy bear. She looks at him and says, “I love him.” And I think she thinks that El Diablo is the coolest one because he has the coolest superpower. Then it’s a different thing with Deadshot. I think it’s a brother/sister thing with Boomer because he either irritates her or she finds him funny and then he goes back to irritating her.
Margot, what has it been like for you being the first actor to ever bring this iconic and beloved DC character to the big screen in live-action?
MR: Yeah, I’m fortunate to be the first to do it because no one has set the bar remarkably high like they have with Joker, for example. So in that sense it is easier but I’m accurately aware of the fact that there is a massive fan base and I don’t want to disappoint anyone. So it’s terrifying, but like I said, it’s nice to be the first one to do it.
Can you talk about the camaraderie on set?
JC: It’s been one of those bizarrely pleasant experiences. We’ve all had, I think, varying types of experiences on films and spoke about it early on where its like you get on a film sometimes and you know its going to be good and you are working with a good group of people, but something happened early on. It was probably the rehearsal time that we were afforded, I think that meant that there was this period of concentration where we got to trust each other and coupled that with this lucky accident of the group that was assembled. We have just had a whole lot of fun.
MR: I think it also helps that none of us are from Toronto. So when we finish a day of work you turn to each other and say, “What are you doing now? What are we doing this weekend?” And a lot of people are married with kids and stuff and if we were shooting in their hometown, they would go home to their significant other, their kids, their life, and their friends that they have known forever. But since we are all away from home you stick together even more.
JC: It’s like this obnoxious little family.
MR: It’s a bizarre family.