David Ayer is a pretty intense director to work for. He is a filmmaker who demands and expects the most from his cast and, for the highly-anticipated DC adaptation of Suicide Squad, he was apparently no different.

As it turns out, Jared Leto wasn’t the only member on set willing to go to great lengths to make this film as gritty and unforgettable as possible. The latest reports regarding Ayer come courtesy of Ike Barinholtz, who will appear in the film in an unspecified role.

“David Ayer is very dark. He chases that real darkness and says crazy things to you before a take to get your head spinning. He likes to psychologically get in there. He would tell us, ‘You know on Fury, right before a scene, I almost got Shia [LaBeouf] and [Jon] Bernthal into a fistfight.’ And [I’m] like, ‘I don’t want to do that!!’ But he gets great performances out of actors.

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“I have David Ayer in my head being like, ‘I’m going to kill you if you say anything,’ I can say it’s probably not who you think it is. I can say that he’s definitely someone that people will not like, and he is someone who likes to really mess with people — likes to really hurt people and [frick] them up.

“David Ayer is about realism,” Bech explained to E!. “So if your character is tormented, he wants you to torment yourself. He wants the real thing.”

Ayer’s approach to directing was also documented by Adam Beach, who will play Slipknot in the movie. He told E!:

“We kind of have like a therapist on board if you fall off the wagon and really are villainous,” Beach said. “There’s a friend of [Ayer’s] that’s very unique in making sure we have our ground.”

“He’s not a psychotherapist, but more of a “life coach,” Beach explained. “Us actors explore very fine thin lines going to the dark side and he wants to make sure we finish a movie and don’t disappear somewhere and then don’t show up for work.”

So, it sounds like shooting Suicide Squad was fairly heavy stuff for pretty much everyone involved. We really hope this level of dedication to the project will translate through the screen and get a film that lives up to the considerable hype. Only time will tell, but the reports appear to suggest that a truly memorable cinematic experience will be delivered.

Synopsis: It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

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