Jai Courtney Took Magic Mushrooms and Self-Harmed To Prepare For Suicide Squad

What on EARTH was going on on the set of ‘Suicide Squad’? 

We’ve heard stories of Jared Leto sending pigs’ heads to his co-stars, Cara Delevingne walking naked through a forest at twilight, director David Ayer making his cast fist fight in rehearsals, and now we can add drug-taking and self-harm to the list of unsavoury behaviours that happened on set.

In a new interview with Empire, Jai Courtney has revealed he put out cigarettes on his arms while high on drugs during a Skype call with his director.

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“That night I happened to eat some mushrooms,” explains the actor who plays Boomerang in the film, “and I did self-inflict some burns.”

He also revealed that it was his director who was responsible for his character’s distinctive haircut and facial hair combo.

“I turned up to discuss my look, expecting we’d have a long discussion and slowly he refine it,” says Courtney, “David [Ayer] just walked right in, picked up some clippers and started shearing chunks of hair off my head, Eventually he said, ‘You look like bad news.’ Then he left.”

Elsewhere in Empire’s set visit report it’s revealed that Ayer made Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag) watch classified military videos the actor describes as “horrific s***”, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc) listened to tapes of Japanese cannibal Issei Sagawa while having his prosthetic make up applied.

Sounds like there was some madness to the method acting on this one.

To paraphrase Laurence Olivier, “My dear boys… why don’t you just try acting?”

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‘Suicide Squad’ is coming to cinemas on 5 August.

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