You may not know him by title, however in case you’re a fan of superhero films, you’ve positively seen David Dastmalchian. This weekend, he’s showing because the hapless supervillain Polka-Dot Man in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.
However the actor started his profession not too way back, in Christopher Nolan’s The Darkish Knight. Between then and now, he’s been featured within the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a member of Scott Lang’s crew in each Ant-Man films, appeared in Gotham and The Flash (as supervillain Abra Kadabra), and voices the villain Calendar Man in Warner Bros.’ animated adaptation of The Lengthy Halloween.
As a life-long comics fan himself (he’s even written his personal comedian sequence), Dastmalchian says that his assassin’s row of comedian ebook roles appears like “I received the lottery, and but I didn’t win the lottery as soon as. I’ve now received the lottery, in all probability if I counted up, a dozen instances.”
Nonetheless, Abner Krill, the deeply down-trodden, (actually) dot-spewing convict of The Suicide Squad, has a particular place in his coronary heart.
“To satisfy somebody so racked with self-doubt and so misplaced on the earth,” Dastmalchian advised Polygon by telephone, “to me, was deeply interesting. I feel it’s one thing that we will all relate to in such an intimate approach. […] Abner doesn’t really feel like he actually has a lot to dwell for as you might be launched to him on this movie, and and he doesn’t actually have very a lot. He’s form of the butt of the joke. I’ve felt that approach. We’ve all felt that approach. We’ve all been at a spot the place it’s like, Why am I right here? What am I doing? What’s the goal of what skills I’ve? And if I do have any, are they really legitimate, viable, or of any use to the world?”
Polka-Dot Man’s skills have been tweaked just a little bit from his comics incarnation for the movie. Somewhat than every particular person Polka-Dot on his costume hiding an ingeniously shrunken weapon or instrument, Abner can launch a sprig of polka dots from his arms that disintegrate something they contact. And if he doesn’t shoot dots at the very least twice a day, he breaks out in a bulbous polka-dot rash and vomits them out as an alternative.
However Dastmalchian is happy with his cosmically cursed character — to him, Polka-Dot Man could be the worst of the villain world, however he’s the very best of what the story of the Suicide Squad has to supply.
“There’s some listing on the market someplace [where Polka Dot Man is] voted like, the worst villain […] and man, what a badge of honor. What a beautiful character to be advised a narrative about, as a result of that’s who all these characters are. That’s the fantastic thing about The Suicide Squad, the fantastic thing about the [John] Ostrander run of it. That’s the fantastic thing about what James Gunn can deliver to it.”
And to Dastmalchian, we’re all on the Suicide Squad.
“These are characters which can be throw aways. They’re discarded. It’s like, in case you succeed within the mission, nice. You would possibly get just a little day without work of your sentence. If you happen to don’t, you’re useless, and in case you don’t do what we like, you’re useless anyway. That’s how so many people really feel on the earth. How do you not be part of the system that all of us dwell in and need to exist in with out feeling fully disposable? As quickly as you’re a legal responsibility to the company construction, as quickly as you’re a legal responsibility to the system, as quickly as you’re a legal responsibility to, you already know, the Man — I don’t imply that our heads essentially get detonated, however we might be simply discarded, as if we’re nothing on this society. And that’s a terrifying actuality.”
As a largely joking query, I requested Dastmalchian if The Suicide Squad being rated R for (amongst different issues) nudity had something to do with Polka-Dot Man.
“I can neither verify nor deny Polka nudity,” he gamely answered, however even that sparked a powerful connection between himself and Polka-Dot Man.
“I grew up with, and I’ve, an autoimmune dysfunction referred to as vitiligo,” Dastmalchian shared, “which is a situation that impacts the pigmentation in my physique. I’m coated from head to toe with polka-dots. I used to be teased and referred to as nicknames as a child, and as an grownup, that made enjoyable of the truth that I’ve these massive, splotchy dots on my physique. And James [Gunn] didn’t know this about me, however once I was forged as Polka-Dot Man I got here to lastly embrace my polka-dots. I’m happy with them now, and I’ve form of turned what was a extremely debilitating insecurity about them into one thing that I feel makes me distinctive and makes me totally different. I’m happy with them, and I strive to not cowl them up anymore. In order that was additionally actually cool for me to get to usher in that non-public viewpoint into Abner.”