‘Suicide Squad’ star Margot Robbie praises Jared Leto’s ‘cool’ and ‘confronting’ Joker

Robbie's character Harley Quinn is expected to share numerous scenes with Leto's Joker

Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie has shared her thoughts on Jared Leto’s performance as The Joker, branding his portrayal of the iconic villain “cool” and “confronting”.

Robbie is expected to share numerous scenes with Leto in the forthcoming super-villain movie as her character, Harley Quinn, is traditionally depicted as being obsessed with The Joker. Shooting wrapped on Suicide Squad last week and Leto has since shaven off the bright green hair he adopted for the role.

“What he’s doing with the character is so cool,” Robbie said of Leto’s performance in an interview with New York Daily News, adding that she initially found his appearance as The Joker somewhat intimidating.

“At first it was kind of confronting (to be up close) but now I’m so used to it, I think if I ever saw him out of makeup now I would be really confused,” she said. “Actually, I saw him out of makeup once and I was actually petrified of him. I was too scared to go up and didn’t know who that person was, and when he got back into his makeup I was far more comfortable.”

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Director David Ayer started shooting Suicide Squad in Toronto in April, and production wrapped over the weekend. Alongside Jared Leto as The Joker and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, the super-villain movie stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc and Adam Beach as Slipknot.

Joel Kinnaman bagged the role of Rick Flag after a scheduling clash forced Tom Hardy to pull out of the film. Ben Affleck’s Batman is also rumoured to be appearing in the film after a figure resembling the caped crusader was spotted on the film’s set in May.

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Meanwhile, How To Get Away With Murder Star star Viola Davis will appear in a supporting role as Amanda Waller, a government agent who is often put in charge of the ‘suicide squad’, a team of super-villains working for the government in return for their freedom. The first trailer was released last month and Warner Bros. has set Suicide Squad for release on August 5, 2016.