Jared Leto says staying in character as The Joker on the set of Suicide Squad was “entertaining” for the film’s crew.
Reports from the film’s set claimed that Leto had annoyed fellow cast and crew members by playing Joker-style pranks. But the actor says that those working on the film took it in good humour.
Leto told Rolling Stone: “The Joker became entertainment for a lot of the crew. I think we all bonded, even though I was in this place.”
The actor, currently working on a new album with his band 30 Seconds To Mars, added that his preparation of watching violent real-life documentaries to prepare for playing The Joker backfired.
Leto said: “The Joker is incredibly comfortable with acts of violence. I was consuming watching real violence. There’s a lot you can learn from seeing it. Not every act of violence is commited with frenzy. I remember learning that – that people can be calm. It’s methodical, and sometimes even hypnotic and deliberate. But I had to stop myself watching too much.”
Speaking of his enjoyment of rock climbing, Leto said that he discovered “I have a lot of Neanderthal in me”, adding that he’s “essentially straight edge” in his lifestyle now after giving up drugs and alcohol.