Jared Leto has opened up about playing The Joker in upcoming blockbuster Suicide Squad, including some of his more out-there preperations.
Leto’s Suicide Squad co-star Will Smith revealed that he has never spoken to the 30 Seconds To Mars frontman out of character because he was “all in” as the Joker during filming.
Last week ione of Leto’s co-stars revealed that he received “sticky Playboy magazines” from the actor prior to filming while others were sent condoms and sex toys.
Speaking to EW, Leto said that during the making of the film he began to identify with The Joker. “He became a real person,” Leto said. “I don’t know if person is the right word. I think the Joker lives in between reality and another plane. Kind of a shaman in a way. It’s a very intoxicating role to take on. You have permission to break rules and to challenge yourself and anyone around you in a really unique way.”
The Oscar winner added that he read comic books and made sure he knew the history of his character, but that he also spent time with people he felt could take him inside The Joker’s mind.
“To the Joker, violence is a symphony. This is someone who gets an extreme reward from the act of violence and manipulation. Those are the songs he sings and he is very in tune with what makes people tick. I did meet with people that were experts, doctors, psychiatrists that dealt with psychopaths and people who had committed horrendous crimes, and then I spent some time with those people themselves, people who have been institutionalized for great periods of time.”
As for the reports that he sent his cast-mates gifts including sex toys and condoms, plus the report of dropping a pig’s head off during a cast rehearsal, Leto didn’t deny anything.
“I think in the beginning it was important to set up and define our relationship, so to speak,” he laughed. “There were a lot of things. It was fun. You’ve got to remember doing these things isn’t just about the result, it’s the process. It’s working with Mr. Frost, who is the Joker’s henchman. It’s making the choice and the decision of how am I going to introduce the Joker to the very first people who will meet him. Those actions and those gestures—the Joker loves a grand gesture. Those were really important. And they were fun. The Joker is someone who doesn’t take things too seriously.”
A new trailer for the film premiered at the MTV Movie Awards over the weekend. It confirmed that Ben Affleck will appear in the summer blockbuster as Batman.
Suicide Squad, which also stars Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman and Cara Delevingne, opens in cinemas on August 5.