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People of Peace Creator James Gunn reached out to an old friend to do an “asshole test” on one of the actors for his new DC TV series. While John Cena returns as Christopher Smith, the world’s most violent pacifist, in the HBO Max original after his debut in Suicide Squad, he’s joined by a host of faces mostly new to the franchise. This includes Freddie Stroma, who plays Adrian Chase/Vigilante, an ordinary criminal but strangely likable.
Stroma is best known for playing Cormac McLaggen in the last three seasons Harry Potter movies and Prince Friedrich in Bridgerton, but he had never worked with Gunn before. To make sure he’s not a “asshole”, Guardians of the Galaxy the director asked Stroma Pitch Perfect co-star Elizabeth Banks for character reference. Thankfully, she told him he was “awesome” to work with.
As Gunn said on Twitter, in a People of Peace watch the party: “I should thank you too [Elizabeth Banks] who i called to check the asshole to make sure [Freddie Stroma] is a nice guy (I won’t work with assholes) – she worked with him on Pitch Perfect – she told me he was great and she was right! ”
Bank and Gunn are old friends, will come back when The Hunger Games actress who starred in the filmmaker’s 2006 thriller Trimmer – the couple also collaborated in the dark superhero movie 2019 Brightburn – so Gunn must know he can count on her opinion as to whether Stroma is fun to work with. Having her serenity must have been a relief for Gunn after the difficulty he went through when choosing the character.
Chris Conrad was originally hired to play Vigilante and actually went further when filming his scenes in the first five episodes. However, Conrad left the show after splitting with Gunn due to creative differences, although it was later confirmed that there was no blood relationship between them.
Stroma ultimately proved to be the right choice for the role as he was so dedicated and kept his American accent throughout the filming. So he went back to his natural British accent after filming gave Cena a big surprise!
People of Peace continues on Thursdays on HBO Max.
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