As with any superhero flick, special effects are very much a part of the moviegoing experience. And of course, The Suicide Squad was no exception given its action-packed scenes and CGI-created characters. But not all the characters were fully aided by computer-generated effects. The Suicide Squad’s David Dastmalchian got to experience special effects in a way that touched the actor. Dastmalchian recalled the special moment that brought him to tears while shooting the James Gunn movie.
Out of all the characters, David Dastmalchian’s awkward Polka-Dot Man became the unlikely fan-favorite from The Suicide Squad. Of course, Dastmalchian was no stranger to superhero movies. But the DC film allowed him to realize a lifelong dream. The Suicide Squad star revealed how James Gunn tapped into his love of practical effects.
It was nice to know The Suicide Squad allowed David Dastmalchian to fulfill a childhood dream. Dealing with practical effects can be a major undertaking, but it seemed like the actor was more than up for the challenge. In a way, Dastmalchian paid homage to Lon Chaney’s work. Chaney’s usage of makeup in horror can still be seen in film today even as computer-generated effects become the norm. So, the Dune star got to live out all his practical effects desires. Specifically, Polka-Dot man had his glowing sores throughout the movie's runtime.
Besides mixing practical and computer effects, David Dastmalchian pointed out why playing the character was even more special on a personal level. Dastmalchian divulged to Looper that Polka-Dot Man’s effects were handled by his friend effects artist Greg Funk. He recalled the experience as “a treat one” working with Funk and his partner. The actor seemed to enjoy working with them to fulfill his lifelong dream.
Hopefully, David Dastmalchian will get to channel his inner Lon Chaney more often through his current slate of projects. If you want to see Dastmalchian’s Polka-Dot Man in action, you can watch The Suicide Squad currently in theaters and on HBO Max.
A boy from Greenwood, South Carolina. CinemaBlend Contributor. An animation enthusiast (anime, US and international films, television). Freelance writer, designer and artist. Lover of music (US and international).
Your Daily Blend of Entertainment News
Thank you for signing up to CinemaBlend. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.