Leto went super-method in portraying the iconic comic book villain
Suicide Squad actress Viola Davis has said that she “almost had my pepper spray out” the first time she met Jared Leto as The Joker.
Leto recently revealed that he spent time scaring passers-by in New York and Toronto in order to perfect the Joker’s laugh.
He also had a dead pig and a black rat delivered to his castmates, and admitted to arranging meetings with convicted psychopaths and “people who had committed horrendous crimes”, as well as the doctors and psychiatrists who treated them.
Discussing Leto’s super-method approach to the role, which also involved him sending a box of bullets to his cast-mates, Davis told E!: “It was a little worrisome. It made you 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 bit.”
She also revealed that she only met Leto properly at a magazine party after shooting had wrapped. “Before that I was only introduced to The Joker…and I almost had my pepper spray out. You know, ‘You remember that bullet you sent me?'”
Suicide Squad – scheduled for release in August – features a rogue’s gallery of some iconic DC villains played by major Hollywood actors, including Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Davis co-stars as Amanda Waller, a high-ranking government official placed in charge of the so-called ‘Suicide Squad’.
A recent trailer confirmed long-running rumours that Ben Affleck will also appear in the movie as Batman.