Ike Barinholtz Talks Working With Jared Leto On ‘Suicide Squad’

In a recent interview on The Howard Stern Show, Suicide Squad star Ike Barinholtz, whose role in the film has yet to be revealed, discussed working with Jared Leto on the set of the film and opened up about some of the crazy stories that we’ve heard about Leto’s presents to his fellow castmates. As a method actor, the Academy Award winner stayed in-character for about four months and in that period of time, he gave Margot Robbie and the rest of a cast a giant rat and a dead pig among other things. Here’s what Barinholtz told Stern about that:

He did this crazy thing…all the actors were rehearsing, and his character is in love with Margot Robbie — she’s Harley Quinn…so we’re rehearsing, and this actor who plays the Joker’s kind of lieutenant, walks in and he goes, ‘Present for Ms. Quinn.’ Hands her a box. She opens the box, and a live, giant black rat pops out,” Barinholtz explained to Howard Stern. “And we’re like, ‘What the f—k is going on? That’s crazy!’ So 20 minutes later, we’re still rehearsing, and the actor comes back in and he goes, ‘This is for the squad from Mr. J. And he throws a pig on the table, a dead pig, and as he puts the pig on the table all these bullets start to come out of it…this is in a rehearsal space a month before we started shooting.

The actor also mentioned that this production is probably the biggest he has ever worked on and that the film’s budget surpassed the $250 million mark. While it’s hard to believe that Warner Bros. would invest that amount of money in such a project after a rough year at the box office, Barinholtz’s comment goes to show that the studio is putting a lot of faith in its DC properties. What do you guys think? Do you believe that Suicide Squad was one of the most expensive movies ever made? Let us know in the comment section.

For more from Barinholtz, you can listen to the full NSFW interview below.

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Source: The Howard Stern Show (via Comicbook.com)

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

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