“Suicide Squad” actor Jared Leto and director David Ayer discuss complexities of the Joker.
In an interview with Empire transcribed by Comic Book , Jared Leto admitted that if his character was the one speaking, the”Joker would probably just say, ‘F**k you’ and hang up.” Fortunately, the 43-year-old actor was eager to talk about his portrayal about the Clown Prince of Crime in the upcoming villain-centric film.
“There was definitely a period of…detachment,” Leto confessed. “I took a pretty deep dive. But this was a unique opportunity and I couldn’t imagine doing it another way. It was fun, playing those psychological games. But at the same time it was very painful, like giving birth out of my prick hole.”
The “Dallas Buyers Club” actor also revealed his techniques of getting into character – which includes terrorizing his co-stars off camera, as well as listening to 1920’s gospel music and reading about shamans.
“I always get the sense that The Joker may be much older than people think,” he added. “It’s something different. If you don’t break rules, you’re not going to strike new ground. I think I’ll be cooling down for the rest of my life.”
“Suicide Squad” director David Ayer also weighed in on Leto’s version of the Joker.
” The Joker is the third rail of comic book movies,” he said. “There’s a power to that character, and by some freaking miracle, through the incredible things Jared has done and the photography and all the other millions of things that went into it, we’ve cooked up something transcendent. He’s scary.”
Along with Leto, the movie also stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Cara Delevigne as Enchantress, Margot Robbie as Harkey Quinn, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Adewale Akkinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.
“Suicide Squad” arrives in theaters on Aug. 5, 2016.