The Suicide Squad: who plays King Shark in James Gunn’s film? – Cinema News

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Maximilien Pierrette

Cinema journalist

Batman or Flash. The new Spider-Man reboot. Marginalized X-Men. The evolution of the character of Captain America. The intricate architecture of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Indie attempts. Superheroes on the big and small screen hold no secrets for him. Or almost.

It is undoubtedly one of the main attractions of “The Suicide Squad”: King Shark, character half-man m-shark, to whom Sylvester Stallone lends his voice in the original version. But do you know who lends him his movements?

A child’s soul in the body of a man-eating shark, as capable of shredding his opponent with his bare hands as of sulking because he is prevented from participating in a mission in which it is a question of being discreet : this is how one can describe King Shark, one of the newcomers that James Gunn stages in The Suicide Squad.

Sometimes opposed to Superboy and Aquaman in the comic books, or even Flash in the TV series of the same name, this King Shark can be seen as a much more violent equivalent of the Guardians of the Galaxy Groot. Because, like him, his vocabulary is reduced to a few words. And it is Sylvester Stallone who lends him his deep voice in the original version. But he does not physically embody it.

Like Rocket at Marvel (played by Sean Gunn on the set, then voiced by Bradley Cooper in a second step), King Shark was played by another actor during the shootings: Steve Agee. After playing Gef in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, the latter followed James Gunn to DC, and the director offered him two roles.

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David Dastmalchian & Steve Agee on the set of “The Suicide Squad”

Not content with ensuring King Shark’s movements in a (heavy) motion capture suit on set, he also lends his features to John Economos, one of Amanda Waller’s (Viola Davis) assistants. A role that he will resume in the spin-off series devoted to Peacemaker (John Cena), already shot and intended for HBO Max.

And who says Sylvester Stallone says… Alain Dorval. The dubbing actor who lends his voice to the Rocky star in the French versions of his films is also part of The Suicide Squad. And a video proves it to us.

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