Like his fellow Aussie Sam Worthington a few years ago, actor Jai Courtney now suddenly seems to be attached to just about every big movie that comes through the Hollywood pipeline. He was passable in Jack Reacher, terrible in A Good Day to Die Hard, I haven’t seen his work in Divergent but I can’t imagine it set the world on fire, and he’s playing Kyle Reese in Terminator: Genisys. Now Variety reports that he’s in talks to play a major role in David Ayer’s upcoming Suicide Squad film, and that role is likely to be the Batman villain Deadshot.
We’ve written about the project before, and big names like Tom Hardy, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto are all in various stages of negotiations for parts in the film. There’s even talk that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice could appear in the film.
I’m sorry, but I’m just baffled as to how Courtney continues to secure high-profile gigs like this. I realize this sounds like I’m being a douche, but based on what I’ve seen from him, he’s just not a guy that gets me excited about watching him on screen. He’s never made a choice that I’ve found interesting or compelling, and I’ve never been able to relate to any of his characters or appreciate anything about a performance he’s given. So when he continually pops up in conversations like this to have roles in movies I’m anticipating, it sort of takes the proverbial wind out of my sails a little bit. I’m sorry if that sounds harsh, and he’s probably a very nice guy in person, but you have to do something special to earn fandom, and I simply don’t think Courtney has done anything so far to earn my fandom. I hope he does great in Terminator: Genisys, and I’d be glad to change my stance on him if he does something worthy of that, but as of now, I’m not thrilled that he’s attached to star in Suicide Squad, a film I was otherwise very curious to see.
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