Jared Leto sets the record straight on ‘Suicide Squad’ behaviour

"I never gave Margot Robbie a dead rat. That's just, that's not true"

Jared Leto has cleared up speculation about his on-set behaviour while making 2016 film Suicide Squad.

The actor took on the role of the Joker in the DC movie, though co-star Viola Davis claimed around the time it was released that he sent a dead pig to his fellow castmates, as well as a live black rat to Margot Robbie.

Slipknot actor Adam Bleach also claimed in 2015 that Leto sent Will Smith bullets in a letter, while producer Charles Roven said that Leto wanted to be referred to as ‘Mr J’ on set.

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Addressing the claims in a new interview with GQ, Leto clarified: “It’s also interesting how this stuff all takes on a life of its own. I never gave Margot Robbie a dead rat. That’s just, that’s not true. I actually gave her a lot of – I found this place in Toronto that had great vegan cinnamon buns, and that was a very common thing.”

Leto also described working on Suicide Squad as “an incredible opportunity”, adding: “I guess it’s this generation’s version of taking on an infamous Shakespearean character. Lots of people played the part before, lots of people [will play] it in the future, so it’s an opportunity to do something new and to explore challenging territory.”

He added of being part of a huge franchise: “There’s a lot of pressure when you are a part of those big movies. Just forget the character for a second – when you’re a part of these giant movies, they inherently come with even maybe more responsibility, it feels like.”

Leto continued: “I’ve done mostly smaller movies […] So that was like a step into a whole new world. But it was a lot of fun. There was a mutual kind of respect and support on set, and just the feeling of camaraderie. I stay a little bit separate because I felt like my character was separate. But it was great to hear the laughter and camaraderie that was in abundance on set.”

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Leto is set to reprise his role as the Joker in Zack Synder’s upcoming version of Justice League, which recently debuted a new trailer that showed a glimpse of his character.

Meanwhile, Suicide Squad is set to be rebooted by James Gunn, the director recently confirming that his film is “fully finished and cut”.

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