No, Jared Leto Didn’t Even Try to Send Any of His Weird ‘Suicide Squad’ Gifts to Viola Davis

By April 19, 2016
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Jared Leto went especially weird with his performance as The Joker in Suicide Squad, and in case the trailers weren’t evidence enough of that, hearing about the strange gifts that he sent his cast members should be. Especially since they included sending a live rat in a box, anal beads, a dead pig, used condoms, and pornographic magazines to co-stars Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and more.

However, it turns out, he refrained from sending any of those gifts to one of the film’s cast members, in specific, in Viola Davis (who plays Amanda Waller) because, according to her, he would have regretted it.

While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Davis revealed what she would have done if she had been on the receiving end of any of those gifts:

“He gave very interesting gifts, I did not receive any personally, or else I would have got my husband — who was called ‘Headache Ball’ back in the day when he played football — and I would have said, ‘Take care of the Joker.’”

So basically, Viola Davis would have had the reaction that I think a majority of us would have, which would be more of disgust than say, being impressed, which a majority of his other cast members seemed to express.

You do have to respect the levels to which Leto was willing to delve into the character and try and explore areas of his psyche that we haven’t seen onscreen yet. But then again, this all sounds all well and good and very Joker-y, that I just hope his actually performance in the film ends up being a more substantial performance and iteration of the character, than him just saying and doing Joker-y things. I hope that he manages to actually embody the character here, and it’s not just a Joker created to make headlines. So yeah, here’s to hoping.

Suicide Squad is set to hit theatres on August 5th.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

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
  • Adam Kern

    ‘You do have to respect the levels to which Leto was willing to delve into the character and try and explore areas of his psyche that we haven’t seen onscreen yet.’
    No. You don’t have to respect him. What he did was entirely unprofessional and disrespectful to his co-workers. what he did was not acting, but self-serving crap that someone who doesn’t understand the skills that go into acting uses.

    • GeekNation

      I don’t completely disagree. I will say this, in this style of acting it is about self-serving… It had nothing to do with the other actors. In some ways it may have even helped them, in creating boundaries. I’ve witnessed actors being completely mean t other actors on set in which the characters called for it in the movie. Once you break it down it’s not as crazy as it sounds.

      • Adam Kern

        It’s conceited of him to think that the other actors need his help. The job is to act truthfully under imaginary circumstances, which yes, is a cliched phrase in acting schools, but only because it’s very true to what an actors job is. Everyone has the right to come to a workplace and expect not to be harassed, intimidated or abused – as actors we expect levels of discomfort when we have tough scenes to play, but we’re able to do them effectively because we can trust that our scene partners have respect and boundaries for our mutual safety. You don’t see fight scenes or stunts that aren’t heavily choreographed and monitored for safety, so why does this bastardized version of “the method” (because this is not the version of “the method” that is widely taught) get away with mistreating others, especially when the camera is not rolling. Jared Leto is not the Joker when he’s off camera, and if he needs that level of delusion to be able to perform on camera, then he should step aside for an actor that is able to turn it off when the director yells cut.