I think by now everyone and their mother knows the particulars around Jared Leto's "intense" method acting as the infamous Clown Prince of Crime in the upcoming Suicide Squad.
From sending his on-screen girlfriend Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) a rat in a box, to mailing a love letter and bullets to Will Smith (Deadshot) and a dead pig to the cast themselves, to staying constantly in character and freaking out Robbie and Scott Eastwood, Leto's either doing something very wrong or very right in bringing the Joker to life.
Method To The Madness?
Leto hasn't really given many interviews about his version of the Joker, but his method acting was made even more evident by an interview in which the Joker seems to have bled through into his band-frontman persona. During a Q&A ahead of the performance of his band 30 Seconds To Mars last year, Leto let a bit of his character slip.
Someone in the audience wearing a Batman t-shirt asked a question, and Leto responded with "You’re really brave," before letting out a deranged laugh. He continued, "I can’t wait for you to see this — they’re going to lock me away in a box after this movie comes out."
Whether or not you think this is pretty wanky, at least he's giving his all to the role, right? Well, Leto elaborated using one of the most painful and awkward analogies we've heard in a long time:
"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."
Ouch. Just, no.
He's Freaking Ayer Out "Big Time"
Well, the reaction from his Suicide Squad co-stars has been pretty positive, and director David Ayer has been heaping nothing but praise upon him recently. Praise which has led to mockery from all corners of the Internet.
A while back Ayer described Leto's Joker as "something transcendent. He's scary." And when he told US Today that Leto's performance freaked him out "big time" and promised that it would make "the hairs stand up on the back of your neck", the Internet responded by thoroughly mocking him:
Synder Says We Aren't Ready For Leto-Joker
But perhaps the most over the top comments came not from David Ayer himself but from [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) director Zack Snyder:
"The commitment to the role, you’re going to see that really shine through in a way that you’re not used to seeing actors in movies really go all the way with (in) every little moment and every little breath."
Yeah, Leto's not the first actor ever to employ method acting. Calm yourself, Snyder.
Since then their comments have been widely mocked by fans who see their reactions to Leto as somewhat over the top. In particular Snyder's claim that we're just not ready for the Leto Joker:
"You’re going to get taken on a journey with Jared that I don’t know that everyone’s ready for but I think it will be amazing."
I don't know about you guys, but I bet we can handle it.