Jared Leto Breaks Silence On His Infamous ‘Suicide Squad’ Gifts

The former Joker tells his side of the story!

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Joker actor Jared Leto has finally broken his silence regarding the infamous gifts he is said to have given his castmates on the set of Suicide Squad.

The story behind what happened to the 2016 film Suicide Squad is one that never seems to end. The film was notoriously taken out of director David Ayer’s hands and recut into something that the director no longer backs. Since then, he has released images and numerous hints as to what could have been. One thing that the director has stood behind, however, is the performance of Jared Leto as Joker.

Right from the start, the look of Jared Leto’s Joker was considered controversial. Everything from the tattoos to the teeth to the casting all fell under scrutiny. When the film was finally released, Suicide Squad‘s version of the Clown Prince of Crime just made everyone uncomfortable and not in the ways the Joker should. Even before this, the star was reportedly already making his co-stars uneasy.

Before Suicide Squad was released, many stories came out about how bizarre Jared Leto behaved on set. This included but was not limited to giving gifts to his co-stars which included live rats, sex toys, and even a dead pig. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor finally broke his silence on the matter, telling his version of the story behind his gifts on the set of the film:

“Any of the very few gifts that were ever given were given with a spirit of fun and adventure and received with laughter, fun, and adventure. It’s all filmed! They filmed it all! People were dying. We were just having a goof.

The only gifts I ever gave Margot were cupcakes. I think I gave her a mouse, and some of the other guys got gifts that you’d get as a joke at a party… I’m playing a guy called the Joker, it’s okay to play some jokes. Nothing ever crossed any lines, and it’s not up to other people on the internet to create those lines… I’m an artist at the end of the day. If I do something risky and you don’t like it, basically, you can kiss my ass.”

Here is the synopsis for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad:

It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Written and directed by David Ayer, the film stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, and Scott Eastwood.

Suicide Squad is available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding Jared Leto’s future as the Joker and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Trey Griffeth

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