‘Suicide Squad’ director says crew stopped work when Jared Leto’s Joker arrived on set

'What he's done is so powerful, so menacing, so palpable, you can feel him,' says the director

Suicide Squad director David Ayer has claimed that Jared Leto’s take on The Joker is so captivating, it even halted work on the film’s set.

In October 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 summer it was reported that Leto had showered his Suicide Squad cast-mates with unusual gifts including a dead hog, a live rat and bullets.

Now Ayer has recalled the day Leto arrived on set in character as the iconic super-villain. “When he steps onto the set the world stops. Everything stops,” the director told Total Film.

“What Jared has done is absolutely incredible. What he’s done is so powerful, so menacing, so palpable, you can feel him. The crew stops working and just watches him. I have to get everybody going again because he’s so fascinating.”

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Leto himself has memorably described portraying The Joker as “like giving birth out of my prickhole”. Suicide Squad, which also stars Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman and Cara Delevingne, opens in cinemas on August 5.

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.