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Jay Hernandez feared Suicide Squad role would cost him his eyebrows for good

Published 27/07/2016

Jay Hernandez
Jay Hernandez

Jay Hernandez had to spend five hours a day in the make up chair to get into character for Suicide Squad.

Jay Hernandez was worried his eyebrows wouldn't grow back after shaving them off to play fiery Diablo in the new Suicide Squad movie

As he prepared for the role, makeup experts told him the brow buzz would save him an extra 30 minutes in the chair every day and so he told them to get out their clippers and cut away.

But he didn't realise the potential consequences until it was too late.

"They're like, 'It's gonna cut down about half an hour out of hair and makeup, so I'm like, 'Just shave them!'" he told Access Hollywood Live. "After I shaved them they said, 'Sometimes it doesn't grown back out...' I was like, 'You should have told me that before!'"

Jay initially spent five hours in hair and make up every day perfecting his tattooed look to portray Diablo, and he left the set with one permanent inking, courtesy of co-star Margot Robbie.

The Australian star, who plays Harley Quinn in the movie, got her tattoo gun out and left her mark on many of her castmates and director David Ayer.

"They're (tattoos) not, like, an advanced level but it was well done, a little painful," Hernandez explains. "It's on my arm."

Jay wasn't the only member of the cast to suffer to get into character - Margot also had to spend three hours a day transforming into her alter ego, telling Collider she loved to hate the character's iconic white face, tattoos and colourful hair.

"Funnily enough the things that I love the most go very much hand in hand with the things I hate the most, as well, because it looks so amazing when your skin’s completely white and you’ve got tattoos and the wig’s crazy, and it takes three hours to do," she explained. "So I hate that I have to… but having said that, without all that hair and make-up, I wouldn’t feel like the character at all.

"When I am all done up I don’t look anything like myself, and I start behaving very differently, and it kinda does a lot of the work for you, I guess, with the whole getting into character side of things."

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