If you were wondering just how deep into method acting Jared Leto was for his hotly-anticipated turn as The Joker in Suicide Squad, Will Smith has given us the answer.
Basically, according to Smith, the two actors have never spoken to each other, despite shooting the film together for months. Astonishing: “I’ve never actually met Jared Leto,” Smith admitted during an interview on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio show.
“We worked together for six months and we’ve never exchanged a word outside of ‘Action!’ and ‘Cut!’ We’ve never said ‘Hello,’ we’ve never said ‘Good day.’ I’ve only ever spoken to him as Deadshot and him as the Joker.”
After re-iterating that “not a single word [was] exchanged off camera”, Smith then said of Leto: “He was all in on the Joker… I’m looking forward to meeting him.”
It really seems that Leto’s dedication to the character was above and beyond, including the research he did for the role…
Comic book writer & creator Grant Morrison has revealed that he actually spoke with the actor and gave him some tips regarding playing the Clown Prince Of Crime. While speaking with Comic Heroes Magazine, Morrison had the following to say about his chat with the actor about playing the iconic DC Comics villain.
“It looks quite interesting. He [Leto] called me to talk about his approach to the character and I steered him in a few directions. I’m keen to see if anything other than slicked back hair and the Marilyn Manson vibe made it into his performance.”
While he didn’t have any further comment regarding Leto, Morrison did have something to add about the current batch of comic book films hitting theatres: “I don’t think I’ve seen any great ones for a while. Age of Ultron was solid but naturally not quite the gamechanger the first Avengers was. We’re all familiar with the meat and potatoes superhero stuff, so I think it’s time they made Miracleman, Enigma, Flex Mentallo or something else that’s a bit more challenging.”
Suicide Squad will be released on 5th August 2016 and is directed by David Ayer. It stars Jared Leto as The Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Capt Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc and Adam Beach as Slipknot.