Of all those "universally acknowledged" truths that people tend to start Jane Austen novels with, there are surely few more absolute and widely understood than this: If you work with #JaredLeto in character as #TheJoker, he will screw with you. After all, Leto is famed for his deep commitment to method acting, and it turns out that casting him as a maniacal comic book psychopath leads to exactly the sort of terrifying real-life antics you might expect.
While tales from the set of #SuicideSquad suggested that Leto went all-in when it came to sending his co-stars disorienting and psychologically troubling gifts, though, surely that was the end of Leto's reign of moderately-scaled method-based terror? Well, perhaps not. Y'see, as it turns out:
Jared Leto Used His Role As The Joker To Screw With Skrillex, Too
Yup, that's right. That Skrillex. The pair — alongside walking anger management seminar Rick Ross — starred in the music video for Skrillex and Ross' "Purple Lamborghini," a musical tie-in to Suicide Squad earlier this year, and according to Skrillex himself, things got a little weird. As the entertainingly divisive DJ recently told Complex, he actually played a key role in getting Leto to appear in the video (above), only to find that Joker-level Leto was a very different proposition to his real-life friend:
"[They] wanted to do a music video using me and footage [of 'Suicide Squad']. I was like, ‘No, I don’t want to do one of those.’ So I called Jared personally, and I really had to persuade him [to join],” he says. “He’s a really good friend of mine, but for him, giving me that Joker character is not an easy thing. He really went out of his way to be a part of that video. And getting Rick Ross in it — the timing was so last minute. Everything came together at the last minute. The director, the treatment, everything."
Things took a turn, though, once filming had begun. According to Skrillex, Leto gave him "the biggest dildo" he'd ever seen, along with "a bunch of weird shit in a box." His response, though, was actually probably pretty much perfect: "I was just like, ‘Thank you.'" Which, to be honest, is probably the wisest approach to take with anyone currently pretending to be The Joker, especially if Rick Ross is in any way involved.
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