It’s no secret that Jared Leto went full-blown method on the set of ‘Suicide Squad’ for his performance as the Joker.
It’s already been reported that doing this led Leto to send pet rats to each of his ‘Suicide Squad’ co-stars, while Will Smith recently admitted that he only ever spoke to Leto when cameras were rolling.
Charles Roven, the producer overseeing ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’, ‘Wonder Woman’, and ‘Suicide Squad’, has now opened up about the lengths that Jared Leto went to in order to play the Joker.
Roven rather ominously started by telling Collider, “Look, you know, it was different, it was fun. The group at first wasn’t sure because the AD’s had to call him ‘Mr. J’ to get him to come to the set.”
“And he did in many ways isolate himself from the rest of the group, but that’s really what his character was, the purpose of his character in many ways, other than when he was with Harley or trying to get Harley.”
But while Jared Leto’s approach probably wasn’t for everyone, Charles Roven admitted that it ended up bonding the rest of the ‘Suicide Squad’ together.
“It was very entertaining,” Roven added. “It was fuel for a lot of good sport and a lot of laughs, and his isolation bonded the squad, and we wanted the squad bonded.”
Jared Leto went to such lengths because he knows he had his work cut out trying to eclipse the previous big-screen Joker performances of Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, and Heath Ledger, each of which were bona-fide iconic.
We’ll learn if he’s managed to at least match these previous incarnations when ‘Suicide Squad’ finally hits screens on August 5, 2016.
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