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If you have seen the trailers of James Gunn‘s Suicide squad, you already know that King Shark is an icon. He is a shark, you see, but he is also a man. He wears dirty shorts and at one point in this movie he says “nom nom” before biting a man. Sylvester Stallone provides the voice of King Shark, which is objectively hilarious (“HAND”), but comedian Steve Agee did motion capture of the character, a fact Collider learned in 2019 when we visited Suicide squadAtlanta set. Tragically I cannot spoil the context, but rest assured that a person does not easily forget the sight of Margot robbie, Idris Elba |, Y John Cena interacting with Agee while wearing a “scrolling suit”, a cross between a back brace and the exosuit from the end of AliensThat ensures that his co-stars maintain proper line of sight and distance from their massive shark-man friend. (A standing viewer on set confirms that King Shark is approximately 7 feet tall.)

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Obviously, the mere fact that Gunn is directing an anti-hero comic book movie as a team already draws comparisons to Marvel’s. Guardians of the Galaxy, which is doubled when the idea that King Shark and Weasel share clear parallels with Groot and Rocket Racoon is taken into account. (Sean Gunn, who provides mo-cap for Rocket, is also doing the same for Weasel) .However, on set, the production designer Beth mickle noted that Gunn specifically wanted to use his two newer CGI creations to highlight the differences between the two movies. This is what he said in a round table of journalists:

“With King Shark and Weasel, it’s a clear note that sets this movie apart as well. One of James’s mandates from the beginning was that he didn’t want to sensationalize any of these things or make these things seem really fantastic and really extraordinary. He just wants to. treat them in a very normal way. Therefore, in Guardians, Groot is a great magical thing and he shoots these beautiful sparkles, and he is quite a fantastic creature, he wants King Shark to be dirty and dusty, just walking the streets of this sun-bleached island and you’re really not paying attention and it’s just part of everyday life. As James said, ‘it’s as common as your toaster on your countertop’. A lot of that went into the design thoughts of bringing these characters to life. ”

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It’s that juxtaposition of King Shark’s reality and unreality, the cuteness of his daddy body and his ability to chew you in half that is the core of the character. “Funny, yeah. But also horrible. It’s so dangerous,” said the co-star. David dastmalchian during a round table. Agee, which is absolutely key to the physicality of the character, if not his actual voice, explained it a little differently.

“Visually, it’s funny. And it’s just, he doesn’t really think about things. He just acts on his needs, desires and basic and animal impulses … It looks really funny, but also if you actually walk into a room at night, yeah If you saw that thing, you’d have complete diarrhea. ”

Be on the lookout for more dispatches from Suicide squad set, including new details on Jotunheim, the movie’s tough R rating, and more. Suicide squad hits theaters and at HBO Max on August 6.

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