Taking on the role of the Joker is no small task, requiring a borderline-psychotic commitment to the part that mirrors the insanity of the Clown Prince himself.
The latest actor to take up the mantle is, of course, Jared Leto who has recently opened up about the thoroughly intense filming experience, which he likened to pushing a baby out of his penis. Yep, you did just read that right.
In an interview with Empire magazine, Leto talked about the great lengths he went to in order to inhabit a psychology as unstable and volatile as the Joker's, and his comments may well shock you:
There was definitely a period of...detachment, 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.
And people say actors aren't paid enough!
The once in a lifetime role inspired Leto to go the extra mile, pushing the boundaries of what's been done before:
I always get the sense that The Joker may be much older than people think. 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 believes Leto touched upon something truly unique and "transcendent," assuring audiences that they'll be terrified when they see him on-screen:
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.
Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5, 2016.