An audition for a big Hollywood film could be as difficult as going too and from different meetings with different members of a films crew from casting director to producer to director or maybe even other actors already cast, then there could be photo shoots, line readings, or even small screen tests and the process can take months. For Cara Delevigne however, it seems to have been a slightly simpler process for Suicide Squad as she discusses below;
“I met the director, David Ayer, at a hotel in London on a dark and stormy night. He didn’t tell me anything about the movie. Instead, he showed me pictures of these amazing, enlightened, powerful, but very evil women. He spoke to me about addiction and mental illness, which are things I find very, very interesting”
Ok, so pretty regular stuff here. Directors often have a particular actor in mind for a role and clearly Delevinge was one of David Ayer’s first choices. He just wanted her to see the character the way he did so that they understood each other going forward.
Next they met again, only this time in LA and this is where things start to follow the typical Hollywood pattern. Perfectly normal;
“The next time I met David was at his house in L.A. He asked me to read a scene from Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? I love that play and had acted in it at school when I was 17, so I was excited. Somehow, when we were doing the scene, I became livid. I hadn’t felt rage like that in years. And then I got the part!”
Hooray! Delevigne got the part. She had an understanding of what Ayer wanted from their meeting in London and she had an insight into the scene she was reading and she took it to the level Ayer wanted. This is all very normal.
If you’re wondering why I keep talking about normal this all is, it’s because what happens next isn’t. There have been many reports about how method Jared Leto has been on set, doing lots of odd things- and I can promise this isn’t quite as insane (and fittingly so). Cara went on in her interview to reveal that her preparation for the role took a rather strange turn;
“David asked me to go and try and find a forest and, if it was a full moon, get naked and walk through the woods with my feet in the mud, which I did. There wasn’t a full moon, but I howled like a wolf. It would have been really funny if someone had seen me”
I think this really quite fascinating that David Ayer is inspiring such exploration into these characters. I hope he didn’t ask Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje to swim with crocodiles…
Suicide Squad is set for an August 3rd release.