Will Smith on ‘Suicide Squad’ injury: ‘When you’re 47, no injuries are mild injuries any more’

"Suicide Squad" star Will Smith takes a photo of the press on the red carpet prior to the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, DC on April 30, 2016. File Photo by Molly Riley/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Several stars of the upcoming supervillain ensemble picture “Suicide Squad” revealed they were hurt during the making of the stunt-heavy movie.

“When you’re 47, no injuries are mild injuries any more,” Will Smith said with a laugh at a New York press conference Sunday.

“I tore my calf a couple of weeks in. And what’s terrible is you do it doing nothing. I wasn’t doing anything. We’re sparring… and my calf popped. You could hear it. People could hear it and everybody was like: ‘Ooooo, that’s not good. That is not a good sound.’

“The doctor told me I was down for six weeks and on a movie like this, six weeks clicks off — or can click off — significant amounts of money that… I wasn’t going to pay for it… But it was really scary to be in that position. I was like, ‘Oh my God, this opportunity, ‘Suicide Squad,’ having this chance and maybe not going to be able to deliver it the way I want to be able to…'”

“Will soldiered on,” chimed in director David Ayer. “And then, I think, three seconds later, Joel [Kinnaman] blew out his calf.”

“I was just trying to show sympathy,” Kinnaman quipped.

“Margot, what was the hardest part for you, like, other than doing everything we had to do, except you did it in heels?” Smith asked his co-star Margot Robbie.

“Yes, that was tricky, and I had less layers to hide padding and stuff doing stunts,” Robbie replied. “So, that made it a little painful. I thought I broke my rib at one point, but I actually tore the muscles off the rib, instead of breaking it, but it was fine. … The hardest part wasn’t the physical side, actually. … It’s challenging, but it’s rewarding and fun.

“The emotional stuff was definitely more difficult. Exposing my most vulnerable sides in front of a room full of strangers, at that point, that was incredibly hard. Trying to figure out the dynamic between Harley and Joker and why she was so devoted to this guy that tries to kill her occasionally. A few things like that it took a while to get my head around, but the physical side was just more fun.”

Co-starring Jared Leto and Viola Davis, “Suicide Squad” opens nationwide Friday.


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