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Mar­got rob­bie is Har­ley Quinn

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What role does har­ley play in the Squad?

The other char­ac­ters are pretty se­ri­ous, so in a lot of the scenes I play up the bub­bly side, as op­posed to the whole movie be­ing re­ally, re­ally grim. But on the other hand, I had to dig pretty deep and go to some dark places.

how dif­fer­ent are har­ley and Dr harleen Quinzel?

I didn’t want it to be a com­plete body swap, there needs to be a con­nec­tion be­tween the two, but there are sub­tle dif­fer­ences. [Harleen’s] not as out­wardly crazy, but she’s still crazy in love and it’s mak­ing her act crazy – even though she’s try­ing to be ra­tio­nal about it all. And the ac­cent’s slightly more pulled back when she’s work­ing in the asy­lum.

how good are you with the base­ball bat?

The base­ball bat’s re­ally heavy, ac­tu­ally. I hit my­self in the head with the fake one the other night when we were do­ing a scene. I was like, “If that was the real one just then, I would have needed fa­cial re­con­struc­tion.” It’s a dan­ger­ous weapon, but I’m get­ting good with it.

are su­per­hero movies sex­ist?

It’s al­ways a bit of a gen­er­al­i­sa­tion, but I wouldn’t even pi­geon­hole it just to comic book movies. I feel like a lot of movies you could say are sex­ist. A lot of the time I pick up a script and I love the male char­ac­ter and I’m not that ex­cited about the fe­male char­ac­ter. This project was prob­a­bly the strong­est ex­am­ple of me pick­ing up a script where I was like, “I want the fe­male char­ac­ter. That is the best char­ac­ter.” Har­ley Quinn is, in my opin­ion, the best char­ac­ter. If I could have picked one, I would have picked her any­way.

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