“The script is ever-changing,” said Robbie when asked about the DC comics’ big-screen adaptation at the London press conference for slick new heist film Focus.
Suicide Squad sees the pair take on the roles of Deadshot and Harley Quinn, two of a group of super-powered villains who take on life-threatening missions for the government in return for shorter prison sentences. And as filming nears – it kicks off in the middle of April – they say they’re only really being drip-fed information about their characters.
“The way that David Ayer works, it’s all images, all ideas. He holds the screenplay, and he holds the screenplay, and he just keeps giving you new things about your character. He just wants you to be prepared for anything,” Smith explained.
In fact, the actors will only receive scripts related to their own characters, so they don’t know exactly how they fit together.
“We don’t know what our characters’ relationship is really going to be,” said Robbie, whose current role opposite Smith in con-artist movie Focus calls for a lot of on-screen chemistry.
“We’re definitely allies,” Smith revealed, adding that the secrecy is Ayer’s way of helping emotions “come alive” on set.
Smith himself says he enjoys playing characters with dubious morals and is working on understanding super-assassin Deadshot’s approach to life.
“I haven’t explored the psychology enough of Deadshot; somebody who can take money to kill people, how he justifies that for himself. So I still have a little bit of work to do on that.”