With Suicide Squad hitting theaters on August 5th, new clips and news are surging around the internet and it's getting a bit more difficult to avoid spoilers. However, not all of the news surrounding the film has to do with film clips and trailers.
A few months back, we talked about an issue that arose after some of Jared Leto's methods to prepare for the role of the Joker were questioned for being a bit too extreme. Well, in a new interview Jared did with Rolling Stone, it would appear that his methods weren't quite as intense as we originally thought. Specifically speaking, we got an explanation for the used condom tale.
Wait, What Used Condom Tale?
Along with gifting Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie a live rat, Leto took it upon himself to send fellow cast mates bullets (a stunt that almost got him maced by a cast member), a dead pig, and sex toys. He also took things to the next level by reportedly sending used condoms as gifts.
In the Rolling Stone piece, director David Ayer shines a light on this move that sent a lot of people up in arms over Leto's form of method acting:
"Look, they weren't used condoms. Let's be real here. They're removed from their packages, but it wasn't actually used. And, of course, I was mortified. Like, 'Jared, put that stuff away — get that out of here, what are you doing?'"
Thanks to David Ayer, we can all maybe breathe in some fresh air by knowing that Jared Leto might have gone a bit mad in executing this role, but he isn't that crazy. The whole condom story is what sparked a lot of questions as to why something like that wasn't worthy of a lawsuit. According to Leto, his role as the Joker because somewhat of a form of entertainment for the cast and crew as production went on:
"The Joker became entertainment for a lot of the crew, so I think we all kind of bonded, even though I was in this place."
Leto also maintains that the purpose of his behavior was to push people out of their comfort zones and become the embodiment of a character that simply doesn't care how uncomfortable you are. Whether we agree with it or not, I think we can all give Jared Leto some credit where credit is due for having the dedication to push those boundaries.
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[Source] Rolling Stone