Spoilers for Suicide Squad.
In a movie full of villains, Suicide Squad’s actual villain might be hard to see – especially for the elaborate CGI he ‘wears’ for most of the film. But for playing the possessed Incubus, actor Alain Chanoine found it remarkably comfortable – both in dealing with the A-list cast, as well the hours of prep work for CGI shooting.
“It wasn’t bad at all, as I had the opportunity to act on the shooting set with all of the actors as myself before going to Los Angeles to film the CGI elements,” Chanoine told Newsarama. “When I was standing with those 1000s of motion-capture cameras, I knew the scene we were filming because I had been there. Using sense memory, I was able to pull from that to merge it all together into one performance. It was difficult, but nothing I couldn’t handle.”
When Chanoine first auditioned for the Warner Bros. tentpole film, he wasn’t even told what the role was, or even the movie.
“On the first audition, there was a couple of us there – and we were told to just be natural,” the actor said. “We weren’t told anything about the project; I didn’t know it was Incubus, that it was for Suicide Squad, or that I would be Cara Delevingne I’d be working with.”
“All I knew was that the role would be for a powerful businessman, and he’d be talking down to someone, “Chanoine continued. “I was told David Ayer wanted ‘power without violence,’ and that he was very particular about casting. But I did it, and they seemed to like what I did.”
Although he has yet to see the film due to him filming another project in Canada this week, Chanoine has been able to read the reviews – both critics and fans – and thinks its “unfortunate.”
“Critics and fans are so different, but if the fans love it, it’s okay,” said the actor. “For critics, I’ll wait until I see it to have my own opinion. It’s too bad, however, everyone has the right to have their own opinion.”
Chanoine might not be a household name (or even a comic book shop name) yet, but he actually has a diverse resume of work in superhero films and television shows going all the way back to 2004’s Blade: Trinity. The actor did stuntwork for that film, as well as Punisher: War Zone and X-Men: Days of Future Past, and even had a small part as a medic in the CW’s Smallville.
Given that his face in Suicide Squad is heavily obscured at times and the fact that other actors have played multiple roles in superhero genre films and TV shows, Newsarama asked the Canadian actor if there was a role out there he’d like to play – and he goes back to his roots.
“Honestly, I would love to do a prequel to Blade,” the actor admitted. “I love the character, and he’s influenced me throughout by life. I started doing martial arts because of Blade and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
Speaking of dual roles in superhero films, Chanoine actually played more than one role in Suicide Squad. In addition to playing Incubus, the actor was hired independently to play one of the Eyes of the Adversary (i.e. the Joker's) henchmen. He called it really “fun,” and resulted in a unique exchange when writer/director David Ayer found out.
“I had a chemistry meeting with Cara and David for my role as Incubus, then 30 minutes later I had a meeting with several other of the Eyes of the Adversary actors with David again,” Chanoine said. “David immediately caught on, asking ‘What are you doing here?’”
“’Trying to make a living,’ I told him, and we had a laugh,” said the actor. “Playing that role was actually very uncomfortable, with the masks, jumping over cars, and getting shot at.”
Given that Ayer is known to re-hire actors from previous films for his new projects, Chanoine said he’d jump at the chance to work with him again.
“I love raw movies – real movies, where I can recognize myself. David’s movies are gritty, real, dark, and heavy,” said the actor. “When I watch a movie, I want to be entertained – and David does it so well. He’s not only a good director, but is a good person. I’d love the chance to work with him, or even someone like Antoine Fuqua or Darren Aronofsky, anytime.”