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Will Smith on Getting Into the Mind of a Serial Killer for Suicide Squad

Will Smith as Deadshot in 'Suicide Squad'

Many fans were surprised when Will Smith took on the role of Deadshot for Suicide Squad.

The actor had previously shunned other films with large casts of main characters.

This week, he spoke with Entertainment Weekly about why he chose the role and what he had to do to get in the right mental space to play a cold killer.

I had never played a character that legitimately didn’t give a f—. It’s very freeing not having to carry the moral spine of the movie. I couldn’t find a model to understand what would make someone comfortable killing another person for money, David walked me through that. He found a book for me (The Anatomy of Motive by John Douglas), and I worked through getting into the mind of serial killers. Once I accepted the [notion the author puts forth] that it feels good, that really exploded the idea in my mind of Deadshot.

Regarding Deadshot’s one weak spot — his daughter, Zoe Lawton — Will Smith said:

His Achilles heel is his daughter. He loves this little girl and that creates this bizarre conflicting mindset where he enjoys killing people but that’s something this little girl doesn’t want from him. She wants a daddy.

Smith also praised director David Ayer, saying, “I’m so proud of what he did in this. I think that’s going to be one of the surprises [of the movie.] It feels like he found something new. He found a different gear in this. He’s one of the best actor’s directors I’ve ever worked with.”


Intelligence officer Amanda Waller assembles a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a covert mission. 

The film stars Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Karen Fukuhara, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne

Suicide Squad is in theaters on August 5, 2016.SuperFable