Following into the footsteps of actors Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, and Heath Ledger, Jared Leto’s performance as the iconic Joker is certainly one of the most anticipated elements of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. The prospects of portraying Batman’s most significant adversary requires the highest quality of acting capabilities to properly bring him to life.
Leto utilized a method acting approach to his performance, staying in character both while the cameras were rolling and off the set as well. One of the most heavily-reported elements to his presence on the film were the many “special” gifts he gave to his fellow co-stars. In an interview with Fox 5, the actor explained his motives for his generosity.
It was interesting to do because the Joker loves to play games he loves to manipulate and that was part of the reason to do that and when you do give a gift to someone even in real life you think about, “What do I get them?” “Who that person is to you?” “What do they like?” So that immediately started to be really good homework to me.
I gave Deadshot (Will Smith) a briefcase full of Bullets. It was kind of a message, it was kind of a threat, it was kind of a reminder.
I wrote every character a note – a poem. What it did was that it started me on a journey into thinking what these people are, and it was a lot of fun.
Leto also mentioned that some of the crazier gifts that he allegedly gave to his co-stars weren’t legitimate. He would not confirm or deny some of the reported gifts, adding more speculation for fans to immerse themselves into. The actor also gave away some nice gifts, such as cupcakes. Can’t go wrong with cupcakes, Jared.
For the full interview, check out the video below. Beware, there may be some minor spoilers about the film.
Suicide Squad hits theaters this Friday, August 5.
Source: Fox 5 via YouTube