While playing a comic character these days can be seen as one of the pinnacles of success in the film industry, that wasn’t the case for Margot Robbie. Many have enjoyed her take on Harley Quinn in ‘Suicide Squad,’ but some fans took things way too far when expressing their dislike for her portrayal. Death threats are no laughing matter, especially when your on-screen love interest is The Joker.
According to Margot:
“You’re about to be in a comic book film; now here’s the worst-case scenario of how big and scary it can get. There’s just all this stuff you learn along the way, like, when you get those death threats, it’s [smart] to have a security team do a background check on whoever sent them to see if there is any past history of violence because you’ll need to know whether you need security to go to certain events. And every time you do a background check, it’s going to cost $2,000, so take that into consideration when you’re getting yourself into this.”
Adding security to anyone’s life comes at a cost and this has taken away a bit from the type of films Robbie tended to prefer doing:
“And it’s like, ‘OK, that’s a different kind of career.’ Because then you need to always do a job that can financially support that lifestyle; you can’t just do indie films for the rest of your life because that film back there changed everything and now you have to be able to afford security. I just wish someone had explained a lot of those things to me early on. I wouldn’t have resented the position I found myself in because I would’ve known what I was getting myself into.”
We’ve all seen fans get too creepy in one way or another in the past but when your obsession heads into criminal activity, it just needs to stop. Death threats and stalking aren’t laughing matters and yet it is something that the rich and famous know all too well. It seems even more so when you’re playing a character who ends up being thought of as a sex symbol.
Do you think actors should be prepared for having their lives scrutinized as the nature of the game? Would anyone expect that just taking a role someone didn’t like could end up by receiving death threats? Share your thoughts below.