Jared Leto Went “All In” For The Joker in ‘Suicide Squad’, According to Will Smith

By October 6, 2015

It’s hard not to at least be interested in Suicide Squad. The film is directed by David Ayer, who after being a fairly reliable screenwriter in the industry for years, has been making huge waves as a director recently with films like End of Watch and Fury. On top of that though, the cast that has been assembled for the film is filled to the brim with talented actors including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn (can’t get much more perfect than that), Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang (okay, that one I could do without), Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, and many, many and more.

However, possibly the most interesting aspect of Suicide Squad will be the introduction of Jared Leto’s Joker. The actor and Ayer have notably collaborated together to create a Joker that is unlike anything audiences have seen on the silver screen before, something that has definitely divided some of the fans. There’s no denying that the newest version of the character has definitely started conversation about the film though… to say the least.

While recently speaking to Beats1 (via /Film) Will Smith spoke about his experience playing Deadshot while shooting Suicide Squad and described just how deep into The Joker Leto went. Read his full quote below:

“I’ve never actually met Jared Leto. We worked together for 6 months and we’ve never exchanged a word outside of ‘Action!’ and ‘Cut!’ I literally have not met him yet. So, the first time I see him will be ‘Hey, Jared. What’s up?’ He was all in on the Joker.”

This goes hand-in-hand with some of the other reports and comments fellow cast members have made about Leto’s take on the character, with director David Ayer going so far as assigning the cast a psychologist on set to make sure they didn’t go too far into their roles. This also falls in line with how several of the past actors who have done live-action iterations of the character have handled their performances, with the late great Heath Ledger said to have completely immersed himself into the Joker on the set of The Dark Knight.

With Leto reportedly having sent packages to the cast while away from set too, including a love letter and live rat for Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), and a bullet and a dead hog for Smith (Deadshot) – it sounds like he’s having a ball of a time in the role. The trailer for the film offered fans their first real glimpse at this new Joker in action, and while his interpretation seems to have split some fans between loving it and hating it – there’s no denying how ballsy this new version is going to end up being. Judging by these comments too, it seems like Leto’s take won’t just be one of the most different interpretations yet, but also one of the deepest.

Suicide Squad is set to hit theatres on August 5th, 2016.

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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