There’s been a lot of noise made about Jared Leto’s performance as The Joker in Suicide Squad, and particularly, in his on set, somewhat method approach to the role. Reports and cast members say he even went as far as to send used condoms, pornographic magazines, a box full of bullets, and more hideous things to some of his co-stars as well. Though if the trailers are any indication, it looks like his “strategy” may have paid off well.
No one should know more than Margot Robbie either, who from the looks of it spent the most amount of screen time with Leto in the film, and who’s relationship with the Joker in the story could lead to some pretty awful wrap gifts.
While speaking with Screen Rant though, Robbie said that while he remained “in character” on set of the film, he never stopped being a courteous scene partner and co-star along the way either:
“Yeah, he’s kind of terrifying. He’s really lovely though. He’s like, very conscientious on set. He’s not completely lost in the character that he’s, you know, violent or anything. Between every take he asks if I’m okay, blah blah blah, you know. So when I first heard that he was method and we couldn’t refer to him as ‘Jared’ and things like that I started to get a bit panicky because I’m in an abusive relationship with the guy that thinks he’s this character, so I was like “God, am I going to get beaten up on set?” [laughs].
But he’s really, really respectful and professional, and lovely. But it is so incredible to watch him work firsthand. Because it’s a really bizarre process. And kind of fascinating. It’s not a process that I think would work for me, but to see the way he does it and the way it clearly works for him is cool.”
So while it seems like Leto did stay in character and had a kind of method approach to his performance on set, it doesn’t seem like he went quite as wild or crazy as some of the previous, overblown reports might have indicated. With someone like Viola Davis on set though, not willing to take any jokes from even the Clown Prince of Crime himself, I imagine you might have to reign in the craziness a tiny bit.
Suicide Squad is set to hit theatres on August 5th.
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