During a recent interview at CinemaCon, Margot Robbie took a few moments to discuss her upcoming role as Harley Quinn in Warner Bros’ ‘Suicide Squad.’ Knowing that fans were hungry for information about her character in particular (as this is the first live action adaptation of Harley Quinn), she shared her insights into Harley Quinn, assuring fans that they were still staying true to the origins for the character, and a lot of thought went into her motivations for the film. Robbie also spoke on some of the quirkier aspects of Harley Quinn, as well as how her character is able to survive in this world on super-villains, and why she has a slight edge over many of them:
“She’s definitely one of the more unpredictable members of the squad. She also used to be a psychiatrist so she has an extensive knowledge of mental illnesses and how to manipulate people — I’m sorry, well, she has a lot of knowledge on how to profile people, pick their triggers, and as Harley Quinn she kind of utilizes that to just manipulate people and mess with them. And she definitely does that with the squad. She’s always picking someone to be dissecting and playing off and messing with.”
And of course, it would not be Harley Quinn without the character having a relationship with the Joker, who she affectionately calls “Mistah J.” According to Robbie:
“It’s an incredibly dysfunctional relationship. She’s mad about him — like, literally, mad. She’s crazy. But she loves him. And it’s a really unhealthy, dysfunctional relationship. But an addictive one.”
And it seems that Robbie might have some things in common with her character as she does admit to having committed some crimes even on set:
“I did take the jacket. And I did take the bat. I have it next to my bed, so if anyone breaks in I’ll be like, “nuh-uh!”
What are your thoughts on Robbie’s take on the character? How do you think she will compare to the original Harley Quinn we saw in the classic ‘Batman: The Animated Series?’ Share your opinions in the comments below!
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