Jared Leto Compares Playing The Joker in ‘Suicide Squad’ to ‘Hamlet’

By March 31, 2016
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Jared Leto’s new take on The Joker is quickly shaping up to be one of the most interesting things about the DC Cinematic Universe right now, although that might not be saying much depending on how you felt about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. After receiving praise for his performance from several of his co-stars and director David Ayer as well, Leto’s performance is becoming more and more hyped, and we hope, not more than it deserves.

Speaking in-depth about his take on the character for practically the first time, and the pressures of taking over such an iconic role as well, Leto explained his initial thoughts on the opportunity, and how he views the other iterations and onscreen takes on the beloved, iconic comic book character (via EW):

“The work that’s been done on this character by so many people before me has been so impactful, so incredible, so much fun, so profound, so risky, that it’s a very special thing to be asked to take on that responsibility.”

Before he really began to delve into the character though, Leto knew that if he was going to do it, he would have to make sure that it was completely his:

“You just knew you had to do something different. You had to make it your own. That happens all the time. Whether you’re a composer working on a piece of music that was written a century ago, or you’re an actor on stage, reinterpreting a play, it’s very common these days. Directors take on great works of cinema, actors reinterpret roles, that’s been going on for a great deal of time. From Scarface to Hamlet. In some ways it’s really interesting to reinterpret, redefine. It a weighty thing to do. But it’s exciting. The Joker is one of those roles. He was written brilliantly when he was first shared with the world 75 years ago, or something crazy like that. And I think I’m just really grateful I had the opportunity.”

Despite my initial reservations as well, and my still valid issues with some of the character’s tattoos, I’ve found myself getting more and more excited to see Leto’s take on the character over the past few months. Maybe it was the latest Suicide Squad trailer that did it – which offered so many striking, memorable shades of the character in two minutes alone, that I’m just too curious at this point to find out how he ended up in a circle for knives, hatches, axes, and other assorted weapons, like we see above.

Right now, he looks like possibly the most psychopathic version of the character yet, at least when it comes to physical violence and brutality. But combining the gangster shades of Nicholson’s take, the rough, mentally unstable philosophies of Heath Ledger, and whatever else he might have pulled from makes it look like Leto’s take on the character will at the very least be interesting to watch. Which I guess, is probably all I could ask for in the end.

Suicide Squad will hit theatres on August 5th.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • Jose

    Hugh Jackman?

  • David Johnson

    Did You Mean Heath Ledger, or is the Joker going to have Wolverine Powers?????