Jared Leto Takes Method Acting to Another Level as The Joker in Suicide Squad

Posted: April 15, 2016 in Comic Book News
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Following the reveal of new Captain America: Civil War themed covers and brand new images from that film yesterday, Entertainment Weekly continues today with an exclusive interview with Suicide Squad‘s Jared Leto, who plays the villainous Joker in the upcoming supervillain team up film. Speaking about the transformation he made to play the character, Leto was quoted as stating:

It’s probably better to not get into [the methods used to get into character] but to the Joker, violence is a symphony…I did meet with people that were experts, doctors, psychiatrists that dealt with psychopaths and people who had committed horrendous crimes, and then I spent some time with those people themselves, people who have been institutionalized for great periods of time.

Meeting with psychiatrists and doctors is one thing, but saying that you’ve met with insitutionalized individuals brings everything to a whole other level of commitment for a role. Even more interesting, however, is how Leto described the role of the Joker, stating that the character “operates from instinct” and lives between different levels of reality.

I think the Joker lives in between reality and another plane. Kind of a shaman in a way. It’s a very intoxicating role to take on.

Towards the end of the interview, Leto makes mention of the Joker’s controversial design, calling it a “collaborative effort” between himself and the film’s director, David Ayer (althought he did specify that it was strictly Ayer’s decision to cover the Joker in tattoos).

 As far as the look of the Joker, it was a collaborative process. There were things I brought to the table and things David brought to the table and it was a mashup of both of our sick and twisted minds.

Suicide Squad will arrive in theaters August 5, 2016.

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