Suicide Squad’s Alain Chanoine Talks Incubus The Movies Second Big Bad!

This weekend. I had two fun experiences. One was seeing ‘Suicide Squad’ after the most unbelievably greasy Bacon Cheese Burger I had ever seen. The second was talking to...

This weekend. I had two fun experiences. One was seeing ‘Suicide Squad’ after the most unbelievably greasy Bacon Cheese Burger I had ever seen. The second was talking to Alain Chanoine who has the honour of being the top secret secondary villain and elder brother of Enchantress. Incubus.

During our chat we covered a fair bit about comics and the movie. Below are some of the high points from our chat.

SFP: Looking through your acting credits. It seems that you have had roles in a couple of things that we’d call fantasy and comic book. Are you drawn to those kind of projects or is it just a matter of taking whatever work that comes along?

Alain Chanoine: I’m not drawn to them as an actor, but it was something I was always interested in. I read a lot of X-Men as a kid. I loved ‘Blade’. If I could do one movie. It would be the prequel of ‘Blade’. The ‘Blade’ that is already out. I’d love to do a prequel or a sequel. But a prequel would be more interesting.Alain Chanoine

I’m a fan. But I was never looking to do these types of projects. I think because of my casting in the past. It just happens. I attract them.

SFP: Your big break out role of this moment is of Incubus from the latest DCU movie ‘Suicide Squad’. Were you at all familiar with the ‘Suicide Squad’ comics before taking on the role?

Alain Chanoine: I knew about it. I’d never read them, but started reading them after my second audition with David Ayer. But yeah I knew the story… But I didn’t know that Harley Quinn was one of the most important characters. So I got familiar with it after.

I really enjoyed the premise. Getting bad guys to do bad things to capture other bad guys. When you get villains to fight badder villains your in for a dark story. So I loved it.

SFP: Suicide Squad is packed with some big name talents such as Viola Davies, Will Smith and Margot Robbie. How did you find the experience of working with these guys?

Alain Chanoine: It was amazing. Will Smith first of all was an example for me growing up watching him in the ‘Fresh Prince’. It had a huge impact on my life Like I told him on set, I wouldn’t speak English If it wasn’t for him. I’m from Haiti and my mum really doesn’t speak English to this day.

I had to watch TV in high school to learn English. So yeah. I don’t think that I’d be even talking to you right now if it wasn’t for Will Smith. So getting to work with him was kind of a crazy experience.

Working with all these people. Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne and Viola Davis. All of them were real nice.

There was a fun tent on set, which Will Smith had paid for which had Basketball, Darts and Pool. Ping Pong. Big Screen TV it was ridiculous. We had so much fun on that set.

SFP: I’ve heard that Cara Delevingne is a practical joker. Did she get to play any of her pranks on the set?

Alain Chanoine: No, but she is a lot of fun. My first impression of Cara. We had a chemistry meeting to see if we were good together. I was a little stressed with meeting David Ayer and Cara Delevingne. There was only the three of us and I was waiting for them. She storms in the room and she’s like busting moves and dancing. She hadn’t even said ‘Hello’ yet. And I’m like, ‘Ok. So lets boogie I guess.’ So I started dancing to. She’s cool. She’s a tornado.

SFP: In the film you play the role of a business man very, very briefly before you become the god Incubus. Was this the first time you have had to act in terms of playing a CGI character?

Alain Chanoine: A CG character yes. I’ve been motion captured before and been scanned when I did ‘Blade Trinity’, but to the extent it was done on ‘Suicide Squad’, which was one scan after another. I’m not really tech savvy so I can’t really say what we were doing, but to the extent that it was done on ‘Suicide Squad’. No never.

SFP: One of the movies set pieces is the huge battle at the end, which sees you toughing it out with Jay Hernandez’s Diablo. How much technical work went into the fight choreography for all of that and was you doing all the stunt work for incubus or did you have a double?

Alain Chanoine: Oh we had a lot. We had a great team of stunt people. You know those characters that had the eyes all over there body? Like Incubus’s army. I got to play Incubus and these characters. But when it came the the actual scene with us all fighting. I had a stunt double who was like seven feet tall. They wanted him to do that because Incubus is like ten feet tall. So for the actual choreography. I have to give props where props is due. They doubled me with a stunt performer so they could have the taller reference.

SFP: The movie critics have been pretty savage in their assessment of the film. I saw it last night and don’t think the mauling the movie has taken is really called for. What if anything would you say to fans that may have been turned off by the savage mauling that these critics have given ‘Suicide Squad’?

Alain Chanoine: Well you know what. Maybe because I’m in the movie. But its the first time that I feel that the fans don’t agree with the critics. Usually a movie sucks. People usually agree on how much a thing sucks. But with this movie. All have been hearing from the fans is its great and they love it. And the critics don’t.

It’s unfortunate that the critics don’t love it. But we do it for the fans and if they love it. Then that’s great. I love David Ayer’s work. So I’m sold on it. I’m in the movie. So I’m biased. But yeah. David Ayer’s a great director. The fans love it. So that’s where we’re at. It’s a pretty good situation.

Thanks to Alain Chanoine for his time and patience for doing this interview. We here at SciFiPulse.Net wish him the very best of luck with ‘Suicide Squad’ and all his future projects.

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth.

In the past few years he has written for ‘Star Trek’ Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com

When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics.

Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net

You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net

4 Comments on this post.
  • Holly Carinci
    9 August 2016 at 5:49 pm -

    Fantastic interview! Thank you very much Ian and everyone at SciFi Pulse!

    • Ian Cullen
      10 August 2016 at 2:47 am -

      No problem. It was a fun one.

  • Stephanie M Scott (@wildfireeffect)
    9 August 2016 at 6:25 pm -

    One thing I really love about your interviews Ian, is the way you ask questions we all want to know and bring out the very BEST in your guests. I appreciate how Alain spoke about the fan’s collective voice AND still remained sympathetic to critics- such a Class Act!

    • Ian Cullen
      9 August 2016 at 6:53 pm -

      Thanks.

      I always try to frame questions in such a way that it is impossible for guests to just give yes or no answers. Hopefully we’ll have the audio version sorted out by next Friday. Just given our sound guy a little time to get some ground beneath his feet again. He was both playing and helping to run the recent Riverfest in Nova Scotia. He helps them out every year and his band always takes part as one of the many headliners.

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