Joel Kinnaman Recalls Coming Close to Being Written Out of The Suicide Squad

Due to reprise his role as squad leader Rick Flag for the comic book sequel, the ‘Robocop’ star admits his filming schedule for ‘For All Mankind’ created a really, really tricky situation.

AceShowbiz -Actor Joel Kinnaman was almost written out of “The Suicide Squad” due to a scheduling conflict.

The actor was due to reprise his role as squad leader Rick Flag for the comic book sequel, but his filming for Apple TV+ series “For All Mankind” was due to take place at the same time as the James Gunn-directed superhero movie.

Fortunately, all parties were eventually able to overcome the “really, really tricky scheduling situation” so that Joel could complete both productions.

“My manager, Shelley Browning, and my agents, Boomer Malkin and Andrew Finkelstein, definitely won the agent Oscar for this because it was a really, really tricky scheduling situation,” Joel told The Hollywood Reporter.

“Warner Bros. was in first position, but they couldn’t budge because it was such a big cast. So it was a really tricky scheduling thing, and it took them several months to figure it out. There were actually people at Warner Bros. that told James, ‘We might have to rewrite this because the scheduling is not going to work out.’ “

Kinnaman was “definitely on edge” until he learned he could take part in both projects.

Although the “Robocop” star played Rick in David Ayer’s 2016 film “Suicide Squad“, he opted to play the character as a completely different person this time round.

“When I read ‘The Suicide Squad’, it felt clear. This isn’t really the same guy. It just does not feel like the same guy,” he said.

“So pretty early on, I decided I was not going to treat it like a continuation of what I did before. And then I had a chat with James, and he was completely supportive of that idea of just letting this be its own thing.”

“The script was so much its own thing, and I just felt like it would be more of a burden to be bound by what I did in the first film. So I just decided to reinvent the character and let him be what he wants to be in this.”

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