Actor Adam Beach ("Flags of Our Fathers,' "Windtalkers") plays Christopher Weiss/Slipknot in #SuicideSquad movie that arrives August 5, 2016. I recently had the opportunity to interview Beach about his new indie western film, "Diablo" (check out my full interview) where he also was generous enough to spill some beans to me about what you can anticipate from his version of Slipknot.
When I asked him how faithful is his version to the one in the comic books, Adam Beach explained....
"My version is basically a guy who’s just pissed off to be there, he’s an angry boy. But ya know, he’s like everybody else, he is a hired mercenary, assassin killer, so you know that paying the right money and he’ll get the job done. And as long as I kept that nature about him that he can in any minute hang you with his ropes or stab you in the back, he is as worse as the Joker and Deadshot and Harley Quinn, that’s the beauty of it, we all filled the shoes of these villainous characters that are hired killers and now we’re asked to go and save the day in some shape or some form, how do you contain that?! Do you know what I mean?!”
But don't expect Adam Beach to be wearing tights and mask like Slipknot in the comics.
"No, not in spandex, I’m kind of in this heavy rope gear, I’m basically like if shit happens, I’m like the escape plan, I’ll get everybody out of there. Everybody has their skills.”
Slipknot was created by Joey Cavalieri, Gerry Conway and artist Rafael Kayanan and this DC villain first appeared in the comic book "Fury of Firestorm #28" (October 1984), one of his skills is the mastery of ropes. When I asked Adam Beach how those skills come into play in the film and what he went through for training...
"When you researched the villains in the DC comics, everybody’s been through the assassin’s drill of training to kill. My skill is the ropes. Give me a rope and I can fight with it, I can tie you up. They were teaching me a move where if you try to throw a punch, I can use a rope to grab that punch, put the rope around your neck and just drop my weight and it snaps your neck. There’s a lot of martial art skills you can use with the rope and it was pretty cool, man! And I taught my daughter how to use certain moves with the ropes so if I reach out to grab my daughter who’s seven years old, she can trap my fists and spin me around and I can’t move (laugh)”
Keep in mind that the actors involved with "Suicide Squad" aren't allowed to reveal too much about the film, WB wants to keep the plot and its secrets intact, but if you think that you're going to end up rooting for these bad guys, Adam Beach said to me that more than that, we the fans will end up wanting to see these guys fight.
"Basically it’s kind of like you wanted to see these skills, so you’re rooting for them to start fighting, so it’s kinda like you get to see everybody’s technique, and that’s where you’re like ‘O, my God! This is crazy!’ But you know, you don’t get to know a lot about the film because we’re all on a secret pact not to tell anybody about the movie, you have to watch it and then walk away going, ‘Yup, that was damn good!’"
Well, we've still got a long ways to go till August 5, 2016 when the movie finally arrives. In the meantime, watch the badass comic-con trailer again for SUICIDE SQUAD featuring Jared Leto as the brand new Joker.
Will Smith plays Deadshot
Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn
Jared Leto plays The Joker
Jai Courtney plays Boomerang
Cara Delevingne plays Enchantress
Viola Davis plays Amanda Waller
Joel Kinnaman plays Rick Flagg
Jesse Eisenberg plays Lex Luthor
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje plays Killer Croc
Also starring Jay Hernandez, Ike Barinholtz, Common, Alex Meraz and Adam Beach
SUICIDE SQUAD is about group of DC supervillains teaming up to tackle high-risk black ops missions for the government. Written and to be directed by David Ayer
Production takes place in Toronto Canada starting February.
SUICIDE SQUAD movie hits theaters August 5, 2016