See The Cast of ‘Suicide Squad’ Before They Were Famous

Warner Bros. recently released the official trailer for Suicide Squad and it features a motley crew of villains ready to take on a dangerous mission. It seems that Suicide Squad is DC’s answer to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy of unlikely heroes saving the world through a whirlwind of chaos and having a good time. The cast of baddies includes a few veteran actors you may recognize as well as some fresh faces you may never have seen before. Take a look at what the stars of Suicide Squad were like before they were famous!

Will Smith - Deadshot
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Even before starring in the hit sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1990, Will Smith began as the MC of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. Along with his childhood friend Jazz (who also appeared on the sitcom as the guy who kept getting thrown out by Uncle Phil), the group went on to win the first award for Best Rap Performance for "Parents Just Don't Understand" in 1989. Smith then went on to appear in his first major films in Six Degrees of Separation in 1993 and Bad Boys in 1995.

Jared Leto - The Joker
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Although not exactly a member of the Suicide Squad, the Joker is much too famous not to include. The Clown Prince of Crime is played by Jared Leto who first found success as Jordan Catalano on the teen drama, My So-Called Life in 1994. The next year, Leto appeared in his first film role in How to Make an American Quilt and later received critical praise for his performance as Steve Prefontaine in the biopic Prefontaine in 1997.


Margot Robbie - Harley Quinn

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Margot Robbie began her acting career in 2008 by appearing in the Australian films I.C.U and Vigilante. She won two Logie Award nominations on the soap opera Neighbours as Donna Freedman who was originally a guest role but was bumped up to a regular cast member. She apparently had to cut a snowboarding trip with her boyfriend short when she found out she had won the role and had to borrow money for the flight back. Robbie made her first major film appearances as Charlotte in About Time and as Jordan Belfort's second wife Naomi Lapaglia in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street.

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Cara Delevingne - Enchantress
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Cara Delevingne began her modeling career at age ten for Vogue Italia with model Lady Eloise Anson. After studying drama and music at Bedales School in Hampshire, she dropped out after a year to pursue a career in modeling like her sister Poppy. While working part-time at ASOS, Cara was approached by Christopher Bailey of Burberry and was cast in the spring and summer campaign in 2011. Her first appearance in film was a non-speaking role as Princess Sorokina in the film adaptation of Anna Karenina in 2012.

Jai Courtney - Boomerang
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Jai Courtney's first role was as Alex in a short film titled Boys Grammar in 2005. He then went on to appear in several short films and the Australian series Packed to the Rafters in 2008. In 2010, he played the curly blonde Varro in Spartacus: Blood and Sand. His first major film appearance was as Charlie in the 2012 film Jack Reacher alongside Tom Cruise.

Jay Hernandez - El Diablo
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Jay Hernandez first entered the film industry when he was approached by talent manager Howard Tyner while riding an elevator. He went on to appear as Antonio Lopez in the television series Hang Time for three years before starring as Carlos Nuñez in Crazy/Beautiful alongside Kirsten Dunst in 2001.

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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje - Killer Croc
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Akinnuoye-Agbaje's life before film was fascinating to say the least. His biological parents gave him up to a white working-class family when he was still an infant but came back when he was eight-years-old to bring him back to Nigeria. Unfortunately, he was unable to speak the Yoruba language and was forbidden to speak English during his time there. He returned to England shortly after but faced a cultural identity crisis because of his brief experience in Nigeria. As a result, he joined a local gang and became a violent thief in his teenage years. He was then sent to boarding school by his foster parents where he attempted suicide. Fortunately, he turned his life around and went on to earn a Law degree from King's College London and a Masters in Law from the University of London. You may remember him as Hitu, the police officer who is increasingly aggravated by Jim Carrey's character in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls in 1995 among other roles.

Adam Beach - Slipknot
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Adam Beach landed his first small role as a Hunting Party Member in the miniseries Lost in the Barrens in 1990. In 1993, he went on to play Paul LeBlanc in Spirit Rider and guest-starred on television shows Walker, Texas Ranger and Touched by an Angel. In 2001, Beach played the role of a Native American fireworks salesman named Kickin' Wing in Joe Dirt. Apparently, the producers originally wanted someone else for the role but accidentally called Beach instead.

Joel Kinnaman - Rick Flag
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Joel Kinnaman's first role was as Kalle in Den osynlige or The Invisible in 2002. Afterward, he went on to star in nine Swedish in 14 months including Easy Money where he played Johan "JW" Westlund. He made his international film debut in the Russian-American science fiction thriller The Darkest Hour in 2011. In the same year, he also began starring as Detective Stephen Holder in the AMC television series The Killing.

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Karen Fukuhara - Katana
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Not much is known about Karen Fukuhara before she was famous because her first appearance in film will be her upcoming role as Katana in Suicide Squad. According to her IMDB page, she is a martial arts champion and worked on numerous shows in Japan including the Disney Channel while attending UCLA.