The How to Get Away with Murder star had to film an intense scene opposite Joel and she explains she had already prepared for how she would act. However, David had another unconventional suggestion for her.

"He would make me call Joel Kinnaman a p**sy at times," she tells Entertainment Weekly. "A b**ch. It's completely politically incorrect but it caused a reaction in me. It made me feel like a straight up thug, and it made (Joel's character) Rick Flagg want to kick my a**. So David got what he wanted."

While Viola felt empowered by David's suggestion, Joel had a different reaction to Viola's method of acting out the scene.

"Some of the stuff she said really p**sed me off and I felt really betrayed," he says. "And that's exactly what David wanted me to feel... And now it's in the movie. That's some pretty high-level direction through manipulation."

David's unique directing approach wasn't the only things Viola had to deal with on set - last month (Jun16), she revealed she almost pepper sprayed her co-star Jared Leto after receiving a box of bullets from him as a gift.

"It was a little worrisome," she told E! News. "It made me a little bit nervous and I'm pretty tough. You know, I got into a few fights when I was growing up... but it scared me a little."

Viola didn't get to meet the 44-year-old actor properly until the film's wrap party, but she admitted she was still a little wary of Jared.

"Before that I was only introduced to The Joker... and I almost had my pepper spray out," she laughed. "You know, 'You remember that bullet you sent me?'"