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David Ayer Compares Directing a Film to Building a Cult

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If they did a remake of The Fly with Jason Segel, I imagine that his final human form in the film would look something like David Ayer. He's just kind of a big lummox who makes movies that have almost as many boneheaded twists as they do f-bombs. Sadly his latest film, Suicide Squad, is rated PG-13 and will be mostly absent Ayer's favorite word, but that doesn't mean he didn't shoot it in the most XTREME way possible. 

Of all the disconcerting things Ayer told Entertainment Weekly about his directorial process, it's the one in which he likens his rehearsal process to establishing a cult that's sure to make you go flaccid in under ten seconds. As we already told you a few months back, Ayer encourages his actors to do bodily harm to one another in some sort of Stockholm Syndrome variation on bonding, and he's downright gleeful when talking about it, saying, "It’s like building a little cult and then the next victim arrives,” he jokes.

He went on to say that this is actually his way of, I shit you not, "midwifing performances" from his actors. “Acting is very lonely,” he adds. “I don’t think people realize how much these people live out of suitcases and just show up. If you can give them a sense of connection and family and build support around them, then you get the trust. I think trust drives performance.” Right, which is why you let Jared Leto stay in character 24 hours a day. If a bunch of people are huddled together in fear of a sociopath, that's not family, I don't know what is.

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