Jared Leto says playing the Joker in ‘Suicide Squad’ was ‘like giving birth out of my prick-hole’

30 Seconds To Mars frontman says playing the iconic villain was 'fun' but 'very painful'

Jared Leto has spoken for the first time about playing the Joker in next year’s Suicide Squad movie.

Leto’s Suicide Squad co-star Will Smith recently revealed that he has never spoken to the 30 Seconds To Mars frontman out of character because he was “all in” as the Joker, and over the summer it was reported that Leto had showered his cast-mates with unusual gifts including a dead hog, a live rat and bullets.

“I took a pretty deep dive,” Leto said of the role in a new interview with Empire. “But this was a unique opportunity and I couldn’t imagine doing it another way. It was fun, playing those psychological games. But at the same time, it was very painful, like giving birth out of my prick-hole.”

Discussing his take on the iconic character, who has previously been played by the likes of Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson, Leto added: “It’s something different. If you don’t break rules, you’re not going to strike new ground.”


Director David Ayer shot Suicide Squad in Toronto from April to August of this year. Alongside Leto as The Joker and Smith as Deadshot, the super-villain movie stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, 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 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 at San Diego Comic-Con in July and Warner Bros. has set a release date of August 5, 2016.