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Viola Davis sounds downright giddy to be playing Amanda Waller in WB/DC’s upcoming Suicide Squad. We were the first to reveal that the actress had accepted the role, and when asked why she accepted it, Davis kept her answers short and very sweet.

What attracted her to the role? “That she’s Amanda Waller! That she’s badass,” she said on the red carpet at the GLAAD Media Awards. “She’s unapologetic,” she added, excitedly. “Everything that I’m reading and studying about her: unapologetic, no humor, just brutal. That’s me!

Davis also reveals what else she’s excited to play with in David Ayer’s film: “Listen, she gets to use a gun,” Davis said with a laugh. “It’s my fantasy. Now, I would never do that in life, but when I get a gun on a set, it does something to me.” 

With a career that spans nearly 20 years, it’s cool to see Davis enjoying this great wave she’s been riding for a few years now. After a breakout, Academy Award-nominated performance in 2008’s Doubt, she cemented her legacy in 2011 with a second nomination for The Help, and has become a household name since then- especially now that she’s anchoring the hit ABC series How To Get Away With Murder

She’ll be sharing the screen with the likes of Will Smith and Jared Leto in DC’s ambitious Suicide Squad, which I’m sure only sweetens the pot for the veteran actress. The film is due to arrive in theaters on August 5, 2016.

SOURCE: Comic Book Resources