- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

“Suicide Squad” star Will Smith used a promotional tour for his new movie in Australia to voice his disgust for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Mr. Smith spoke to news.com.au on Tuesday about his role as “Deadshot” in the upcoming Warner Bros. movie, but also the emotional toll that thinking about the New York real estate developer takes on him.

“For a man to be able to publicly refer to a woman as a fat pig, that makes me teary. And for people to applaud, that is absolutely f—ing insanity to me,” the action star told the News Corp-owned outlet. “My grandmother would have smacked my teeth out of my head if I had referred to a woman as a fat pig. And I cannot understand how people can clap for that. It’s absolutely collective insanity. If one of my sons, I am getting furious just thinking about it, if one of my sons said that in a public place, they couldn’t even live in my house anymore.”

Mr. Trump’s infamous “fat pig” line was made during a public feud in 2006 with Rosie O’Donnell, at the time a co-host of ABC’s “The View.” Ms. O’Donnell used the show to criticize Mr. Trump’s decision not to fire Miss USA Tara Conner after revelations of her drug use surfaced. The actress and comedian also called Mr. Trump a “pimp” on her blog.

“Can you imagine the parents of [former O’Donnell spouse Kelli Carpenter] … when she said, ‘Mom, Dad, I just fell in love with a big, fat pig named Rosie’?” Mr. Trump said during a December 2016 Fox News interview. “Can you imagine the expression on their face?”

Mr. Smith told news.com.au that Mr. Trump’s “fat pig” comment illustrated a “darkness in his soul.”

“I realized while shooting this movie why I haven’t played bad guys in the past,” the actor said. “I couldn’t understand how someone could shoot strangers for money, couldn’t get my head around it. But then [director] David Ayer introduced me to a book called The Anatomy of Motive, about serial killers. It was then that I realized that nobody thinks of themselves as bad. People do the things they do because they think they’re right, no matter how evil. And through doing this, I really expanded, not only as an actor but as a person.”

“Suicide Squad” opens Friday in North America. The film also stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Viola Davis, Cara Delevingne, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie.

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