Alas, the real eagle was not used for Eagly.
I don’t know about you, but I was initially a little hesitant when peacemaker An HBO television series based on John Cena’s role in Suicide Squad. Well, I don’t know if it was the infectious opening credits or the view of John Cena’s ass in the first scene, but I can safely say that all my fears were immediately dispelled. So, I spoke to Danielle Brooks, who adorably plays newcomer Leota Adebayo, to find out more about how the series was made.
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The role of Leota Adebayo was written with Danielle Brooks in mind, as James Gunn was a fan Orange is the new black.
Two big things attracted Danielle to this role: James Gunn as a creative person and the opportunity to play an action role.
However, finding out that Adebayo was the daughter of Amanda Waller, played by Viola Davis, really “sold” Danielle the role.
Danielle considers Waller to be an important figure for DCEU representation as she wears an Afro.
However, the two actors weren’t actually able to connect due to conflicting schedules and COVID restrictions, even though they’ve dated in the past.
On the first day on set, Danielle kissed her on-screen wife, played by Elizabeth Faith Ludlow.
Improvisation was an important part of the filming process and Danielle, being new to the franchise, was “a little bullied” for having to improvise dialogue on the second day of filming.
In fact, Danielle said that John Cena’s improvisational skills are one of his many acting talents, especially in a scene later in the series where The Peacemaker has to list celebrity lists.
Unfortunately, Danielle missed her last day on set because she contracted COVID (but didn’t test positive).
An eagle-shaped green screen bird and an eagle dummy were used on set to achieve the special effects for The Eagle.
Danielle was initially “a little hesitant” about filming the dance in the opening credits. For reference, she was shown clips of John Cena dancing during breaks.
She also had to learn a ton of black ops jargon used in the universe, and showed up early to learn – reflecting that Adebayo is also a rookie.
Another skill Danielle had to learn was how to jump from “explosions”, which actually meant falling onto a blue screen mat – there was one take where her gun was accidentally placed in front of her face.
Apparently, the sound of gunshots in real life was incredibly loud and “harsh to my ears.”
Daniel hopes that people will notice the clothes worn by the dogs Adebayo and Kii.
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Finally, Daniel is unaware of his future in the DCEU, but hopes it is “long”.
Thanks for talking to us, Daniel! First three series peacemaker now available to stream on HBO Max.