Those who packed into theaters for Suicide Squad this past weekend now know of the movie’s big bait and switch. It isn’t just that Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress was the main villain all along instead of the Joker, but that Enchantress is also joined by her equally mystical brother Incubus, embodied by Canadian actor Alain Chanoine.
The role was so top secret that Chanoine wasn’t allowed to talk about it until the day after Suicide Squad’s release. But now he can share about his big break, after a decade of honing his craft as an actor and as a stuntman for films like Blade: Trinity, Punisher: War Zone, Immortals and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Suicide Squad’s secret star talked to TMN’s Robert Dougherty on Aug. 6 about landing the role, working with Delevingne, the new technology he was given to bring Incubus to life and much more.
TMN/Robert Dougherty: How were you chosen to play Incubus?
Alain Chanoine: I don’t know. I got a call at home directly from the casting director asking me to tape for this role of a business man. So I get to the site, it’s a business man, a straight up business man, no super powers. Next they send the tape off, call me back for an interview for a second audition with David Ayer. Go back to Montreal. They fly me out for a chemistry meeting with Cara Delevingne. She storms in the room busting a move, dancing and I’m like, “I don’t know what’s happening but I’m gonna dance right now.” [chuckle] I get a call saying that I’m cast. So I’m like, “I always knew good dancing will get me somewhere.” [laughter]
TMN: Were you familiar with the characters of Incubus and Enchantress before this movie?
Chanoine: Nope, not at all. I knew about Suicide Squad, never read the comics. Started reading them before my third audition. Loved Suicide Squad. I was familiar with some characters, but I didn’t know about the whole Suicide Squad thing, and I think it’s a great plot, getting villains to fight villains. So yeah, I love it.
TMN: You’ve done stunt work for big movies like Blade Trinity and Days of Future Past before. Were you actively seeking to act in one before this opportunity came along?
Chanoine: I’ve been working on my craft since day one. Acting has always been my priority. For some reason early in my career, when I was in my young 20s and I was an athlete doing sports and karate around the world, I had the opportunity to have the career, work on big movies, make a living doing stunts. But acting has always been my passion. So yes, definitely.
TMN: How did you and Cara Delevingne master speaking in your ancient character’s dialect?
Chanoine: First, it was complicated because David wrote the thing down, we got to change it. I speak three different languages: Creole, French, and English. He wanted me to get more of my tone in the movie. And Cara, because she’s British, she was speaking in a different way than I was, just because he wanted it to sound original to ourselves. So I got to change a lot of the Moonspeak and he was really open. So yeah, it was fun. It was fun to make it up with him. I don’t get all the vocabulary he’s using, but it was fun to play with that.
TMN: Did you two film any extra scenes together that didn’t make the final cut?
Chanoine: Yes, but I filmed in studios, so I didn’t see Cara do her part. But we filmed some scenes in studios that I think didn’t make the film.
TMN: While your work was primarily with Cara, what was it like facing down the whole squad of A-list actors like Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Joel Kinnaman in the final showdown?
Chanoine: That was awesome, just the fact of meeting them. Will Smith was a huge example in my life, like a role model. And I got to meet him, talk to him, chill with him. And just hanging out with all these people that are so open. I admired …