Published On: Tue, Jul 26th, 2016

Karen Fukuhara talks ‘Suicide Squad,’ doing her own stunts, Jared Leto always being Joker

While previewing the new Suicide Squad film, Karen Fukuhara was profiled by W Magazine and gave readers insight into her character, getting into acting and life on set. Karen reflected on life in Los Angeles, getting into the business with a role on Disney interviewing stars.

“Coming from a first-generation immigrant family, we just didn’t know how to go about the business,” said Fukuhara in the new interview, published online Monday. “We didn’t even know what an agent was.”

Karen Fukuhara as Katana Suicide Squad photoFukuhara plays Katana, a dangerous DC Comics’ villain and director David Ayer tapped into her karate roots: “I only got into it(karate) because my little brother started karate, and my mother wanted me to babysit him…He was a troublemaker in class—and thank god for that now.”

Karen talked about life on set and confessed to doing her own stunts…well, mostly.

“I even ran on top of a car in the pouring rain,” Fukuhara said, talking about “mastering the art of swordfighting” to at least avoid “accidentally taking off Margot Robbie’s head with an errant swing of the blade. “Margot’s very tough, but yeah that would’ve been bad.”

Robbie plays Harley Quinn alongside the all-star cast: Will Smith stars as Deadshot, Jared Leto as The Joker, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Adam Beach as Slipknot and Scott Eastwood and David Harbour in an unknown role.

“Will set the family vibe on the film,” Fukuhara said. “He created this gym on set so we could train when we weren’t shooting. And he would bring coffee and snack trucks to set.”

Karen Fukuhara in Suicide SquadIt’s Leto’s Joker which is still very intriguing for fans and Karen just met Leto….well sort of.

“To be honest, I didn’t meet Jared until Comic Con this year,” Fukuhara said. “Because every time I saw him on set he introduced himself as the Joker! I would try to say hi to him as Karen, and he would come at me with full Joker.”

She laughed.

“It was weird every single time.”

Check out the W Magazine article or pick up a copy – click HERE for more details.

Suicide Squad opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on August 5th.

Synopsis for Suicide Squad:

It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super-Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

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