One of the lesser-known Suicide Squad characters to moviegoers who do not read the comics is likely Christopher Weiss, also known as Slipknot. Created for DC Comics in 1984 by Joey Cavalieri, Gerry Conway and Rafael Kayanan, Slipknot is a villain whose combat skills rely almost entirely upon the use of ropes. Actor Adam Beach, who will be portraying the character in Suice Squad, has recently opened up a bit about his character to let fans know what the film adaptation of the villain is all about.
“My version is basically a guy who’s just pissed off to be there, he’s an angry boy. But ya know, he’s like everybody else, he is a hired mercenary, assassin killer, so you know that paying the right money and he’ll get the job done. And as long as I kept that nature about him that he can in any minute hang you with his ropes or stab you in the back, he is as worse as the Joker and Deadshot and Harley Quinn, that’s the beauty of it, we all filled the shoes of these villainous characters that are hired killers and now we’re asked to go and save the day in some shape or some form, how do you contain that?! Do you know what I mean?!”
His excitement for the character appears to be overflowing, but Beach also says that the character will be about a little bit more than sheer violence. Due to his particular special abilities, he will also serve a much more tactical use on the team.
“I’m kind of in this heavy rope gear, I’m basically like if sh-t happens, I’m like the escape plan, I’ll get everybody out of there. Everybody has their skills.”
Since Slipknot has a somewhat unique skillset, Beach was required to undergo special training in order to perform the character’s action scenes in the film. As he describes it, he’s actually become quite skilled. In fact, he’s even become so skilled that he was able to teach someone much younger than himself.
“When you researched the villains in the DC comics, everybody’s been through the assassin’s drill of training to kill. My skill is the ropes. Give me a rope and I can fight with it, I can tie you up. They were teaching me a move where if you try to throw a punch, I can use a rope to grab that punch, put the rope around your neck and just drop my weight and it snaps your neck. There’s a lot of martial art skills you can use with the rope and it was pretty cool, man! And I taught my daughter how to use certain moves with the ropes so if I reach out to grab my daughter who’s seven years old, she can trap my fists and spin me around and I can’t move.”
While Slipknot was not heavily featured in the original Suicide Squad trailer, Beach’s description of his training indicates that he will be getting his moment to shine. In fact, he may even get to shine while going head-to-head with one of the film’s many other villains. Unfortunately, he has been unable to disclose too much information to the press.
“Basically it’s kind of like you wanted to see these skills, so you’re rooting for them to start fighting, so it’s kinda like you get to see everybody’s technique, and that’s where you’re like ‘O, my God! This is crazy!’ But you know, you don’t get to know a lot about the film because we’re all on a secret pact not to tell anybody about the movie, you have to watch it and then walk away going, ‘Yup, that was damn good!’”
Beach is certainly enthusiastic in talking about the Suicide Squad film. Audiences will get to see him and his rope-slinging villain in action alongside actors such as Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and Joel Kinnaman when the film releases on August 5, 2016.
Source: Rama’s Screen