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Shooting The Suicide Squad Sounds Like A Wet, Cold Mess, But Margot Robbie Was Apparently A ‘Savage’ On Set

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The DC Extended Universe has once again expanded thanks to the release of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. The R-rated blockbuster featured a number of returning characters, including Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. And while shooting the movie sounds like a wet, cold mess, Robbie was apparently a “savage” on set.

The release of The Suicide Squad marked the Margot Robbie’s third appearance in the DCEU as Harley Quinn. She makes playing the femme fatale look easy, but the job can still sometimes be grueling. Co-star Joel Kinnaman recently spoke to Robbie’s behavior on set, as the Rick Flag actor put it:

We had a couple of days when we were shooting these scenes, where we had massive rain towers [raining down on us]. For some reason these rain towers, [the water] is so cold. It’s so cold! And the rest of us, we get the rain on us, but we also have clothes on. And then we get a warm, cozy coat to put on in between. But because Margot [as Harley Quinn] is in full body paint, she’s just standing there taking it. And then she can’t wrap herself in anything. And you just see her, her whole body is just shivering, her teeth are clattering. And then, as soon as it’s, ‘Action,’ she’s on, and it’s on. And then you go back to in between [takes], and she’s shivering and clattering her teeth. She’s a savage.

Harley Quinn is a badass on the big screen, and it appears that Margot Robbie has a similar strength. This is especially true with the various water-related scenes in The Suicide Squad, which occurred throughout the movie’s third act. And Robbie was a great sport, despite the difficulty of the elements.

Joel Kinnaman’s comments to People help to peel back the curtain on what it was like working on The Suicide Squad. While moviegoers get to enjoy the finished product, actually putting together James Gunn’s movie was another matter entirely. That’s especially true when it comes to the buckets of water dumped on the cast before the final battle.

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Of course, Joel Kinnaman isn’t the only The Suicide Squad collaborator who has praised Margot Robbie for her work in the DC flick. James Gunn had a great time working with the Oscar nominee, going so far as to call her one of the most talented actors he’s ever worked with. Now the question is: when will Harley Quinn return to the DCEU?

Clearly Warner Bros. is invested in Margot Robbie’s future within the DC Extended Universe. Robbie herself seems interested in exploring Harley Quinn’s relationship with Poison Ivy on the big screen. But only time will tell how the franchise continues growing. Regardless, it’s clear Robbie is happy to continue her character’s journey.

The Suicide Squad is currently available in theaters and on streaming. Be sure to check out the 2021 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience.

Corey Chichizola

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.