Margot Robbie, star of Suicide Squad, revealed in a new interview that she agreed to join the film because of her love of director David Ayer’s End Of Watch. Robbie plays Harley Quinn in the DC flick, and while Suicide Squad itself wasn’t the smash hit that everyone was hoping for, Robbie’s Quinn was a huge success. As a result of her role in Suicide Squad, as many as four different Harley Quinn movies are rumored to be in development at Warner Bros: a second Suicide Squad team up, Harley Quinn and The Joker, Gotham City Sirens, and a solo Harley Quinn movie. While not all of these movies will definitely make it to the big screen, it has also been confirmed that Robbie will return this year in some shape or form.
Unsurprisingly, her success as Harley Quinn coupled with the huge variety of possibilities for the character in the DCEU, mean that Robbie is asked about her role as Daddy’s Little Monster in every interview that she does right now. In a new interview with Jake Gyllenhaal, Robbie has now revealed why she actually took on the part in the first place (other than an interest in playing such a crazy character, of course).
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The interview, part of Variety‘s ‘Actors On Actors’ series, sees Robbie discussing what she loves about playing Harley, as well as why she took the role in the first place – because she is such a fan of director David Ayer’s End Of Watch.
It just occurred to me, we’ve both worked with David Ayer. End of Watch, by the way, was one of my favorite films and the reason I signed on for Suicide Squad was because I love End of Watch so much and I saw it about four times at the cinema.
Gyllenhaal, of course, starred in End Of Watch as Brian Taylor, one of two rookie cops in LA. Ayer wrote and directed End of Watch, and Fury, going on to work on Sabotage and between then and his time with the DCEU for Suicide Squad.
Obviously, Robbie will have had multiple reasons for taking on a project like Suicide Squad, not just her love of a single film with the same director. The chance to play an iconic comic character and be part of the superhero genre is not one that many actors would pass up… not to mention the paycheck that comes with a big-budget film like Suicide Squad! However, it’s fantastic to hear that not only was she already a fan of Ayer’s, but that she’s enough of a movie geek to go see the same film multiple times in theaters.
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