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Jared Leto explains his approach to going full Joker for Suicide Squad

04.13.2016

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The stories have been out there for awhile about Jared Leto embracing his methodology as an actor in order to bring The Joker to life for SUICIDE SQUAD. The only way for him to become The Joker was to let the character fully encompass him as he attempted to bring a very different version to the big screen than either Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger had done before him. In order to get in the right mindset and also help his fellow actors get into the right head space to work opposite him, Leto sent some gifts to the rest of the cast - rats, bullets, hogs, etc.... You know, your typical Christmas presents. However, that was just the tip of the iceberg if you thought those were bad, because in an interview with E! News at CinemaCon, Leto revealed it truly was much worse as he explained the why of his process.

E! News: Now, how about the gifts you gave everyone? Rats. Bullets. A hog. Where did that come from?

Jared Leto: Don't forget the anal beads...

E! News: Who did you send anal beads to?

Jared Leto: ...the used condoms...

E! News: You did not.

Jared Leto: Um, yeah. It was...

E! News: You can't just say 'used condoms' and we're just gonna, like, forget that--

Jared Leto: No, I know it's a family show--

E! News: Well, don't worry about--

Jared Leto: -- but we can educate the people here. At least they were used. Look, I did a lot of things to create a dynamic, to create an element of surprise, spontaneity...

E! News: That's surprise (sic)!

Jared Leto: ...and to break down any walls that might be there. I mean, the Joker is somebody who doesn't really respect things like personal space or boundaries.
 

Anal beads and used condoms, huh? That's the stuff comic book supervillains are made of in the ever-expanding DC Cinematic Universe. It sure ain't sugar and spice.

SUICIDE SQUAD opens in theaters, sans soiled prophylactics, on August 5.

 

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8:17AM on 04/14/2016
If this doesn't end up being the greatest portrayal of The Joker yet, all Leto's antics will just seem like the actions of some deranged nutjob - let's hope he's really brought his A game.
If this doesn't end up being the greatest portrayal of The Joker yet, all Leto's antics will just seem like the actions of some deranged nutjob - let's hope he's really brought his A game.
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3:06AM on 04/14/2016
Method acting just seems like a free pass for douchebags to behave like douchebags. Don't care if it helps getting 'in the zone', there's no need to be your character 24/7 and take your work home with you. Seems like a waste of energy, energy that should be used on set. No doubt his portrayal of the Joker will be interesting, but to pull that kind of pranks on your co-stars is just crazy and not even remotely Joker-esque, even if only half of it is true.
Method acting just seems like a free pass for douchebags to behave like douchebags. Don't care if it helps getting 'in the zone', there's no need to be your character 24/7 and take your work home with you. Seems like a waste of energy, energy that should be used on set. No doubt his portrayal of the Joker will be interesting, but to pull that kind of pranks on your co-stars is just crazy and not even remotely Joker-esque, even if only half of it is true.
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2:42AM on 04/14/2016

A hobo's dick cheese

has more class and frankly smells better than this guy. One of my closest friends dated him about 5 years back. He is a first class douche. None of us could stand him. Yeah I respect him as an actor, he is amazing no doubt, but as a person extremely lacking. He might or might not be the same now just stating what he was. And judging from this, if there is a shred of truth to it, he hasn't changed at all.
has more class and frankly smells better than this guy. One of my closest friends dated him about 5 years back. He is a first class douche. None of us could stand him. Yeah I respect him as an actor, he is amazing no doubt, but as a person extremely lacking. He might or might not be the same now just stating what he was. And judging from this, if there is a shred of truth to it, he hasn't changed at all.
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12:23AM on 04/14/2016

Hoping

For a super dark film here.
For a super dark film here.
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7:53PM on 04/13/2016

Here's the thing...

I think we know this is going to be an excellent portrayal of the character and we all know how good Leto can be, but honestly the guy is a bit of douche in real life. Unfortunately, that's just the case with some talented people.
I think we know this is going to be an excellent portrayal of the character and we all know how good Leto can be, but honestly the guy is a bit of douche in real life. Unfortunately, that's just the case with some talented people.
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7:51PM on 04/13/2016
I'm looking forward to his portrayal, but this is getting to be a little absurd. Almost to the point where it seems like he's pranking the fans.
I'm looking forward to his portrayal, but this is getting to be a little absurd. Almost to the point where it seems like he's pranking the fans.
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7:08PM on 04/13/2016
Laurence Olivier was famously annoyed by Dustin Hoffman's method acting in "Marathon Man" and all Hoffman did was forgo bathing.

I'm about 90% sure Olivier would've slapped the living shit out of this guy.
Laurence Olivier was famously annoyed by Dustin Hoffman's method acting in "Marathon Man" and all Hoffman did was forgo bathing.

I'm about 90% sure Olivier would've slapped the living shit out of this guy.
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6:12PM on 04/14/2016
I think Hoffman also deprived himself of sleep. And that's why Olivier said to him "Did you ever try 'acting?'"

Also, Olivier had too much class to outright slap someone for being too into their role.
I think Hoffman also deprived himself of sleep. And that's why Olivier said to him "Did you ever try 'acting?'"

Also, Olivier had too much class to outright slap someone for being too into their role.
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6:19PM on 04/13/2016
I'm just curious WTF this has to do with getting into character? I've read loads of Batman comics and not once have I ever read an issue where the Joker gives people any of those things as a gift. It just seems like a really bizarre publicity stunt, or just an excuse to be a dick, rather than actually having anything to do with getting in to character.
I'm just curious WTF this has to do with getting into character? I've read loads of Batman comics and not once have I ever read an issue where the Joker gives people any of those things as a gift. It just seems like a really bizarre publicity stunt, or just an excuse to be a dick, rather than actually having anything to do with getting in to character.
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7:09PM on 04/13/2016
Yeah it's just weird. I don't see why the Joker has anything to do with sex toys.
Yeah it's just weird. I don't see why the Joker has anything to do with sex toys.
6:14PM on 04/13/2016
I want to like Leto's Joker... But I hate how he looks. And I get method acting can be a good approach to get into character but what the help does the Joker have to do sex toys and used condoms.
I want to like Leto's Joker... But I hate how he looks. And I get method acting can be a good approach to get into character but what the help does the Joker have to do sex toys and used condoms.
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5:48PM on 04/13/2016
I'm sure this is exciting for someone, but I just find it forced the way all the DC actors and production staff keep trying to convince me how dark and cool the DC movies are supposed to be. I'll just wait for Civil War and Dr. Strange, thanks.
I'm sure this is exciting for someone, but I just find it forced the way all the DC actors and production staff keep trying to convince me how dark and cool the DC movies are supposed to be. I'll just wait for Civil War and Dr. Strange, thanks.
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4:46PM on 04/13/2016
The next guy who plays the Joker is going to have to go on an actual killing spree just to top this guy. Used condoms? Jeezus.
The next guy who plays the Joker is going to have to go on an actual killing spree just to top this guy. Used condoms? Jeezus.
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