It has become very clear that during the production of Suicide Squad, Jared Leto, who plays the legendary Batman rogue, The Joker, went really method and didn’t break character a single time. We have heard the stories of Leto sending the cast members really odd gifts (like a living rat to Margot Robbie) so this next story makes absolutely sense.
In a new interview with Comicbook.com, Suicide Squad costume designer, Kate Hawley, talked about how Leto’s method acting made it easier for people on set to refer to him as “Mr. J”, which is normally what Harley calls him a lot in various interpretations. She talks about how it was both entertaining as well as terrifying in a way with that sort of presence on set.
“There’s a sh–load of these characters for a start and when you’re having dialogue with people to protect in emails and things, you have a code and it goes onto call sheets and everything else like that. But then some of them end up with three. Even when Jared came, we had to refer to him as Mr. J or Mr. Smiley. It’s kind of entertaining and when you’re going ‘oh, we have to have a fitting with Mr. J.’ It’s like, should we put our bullet-proof vest on because he’s been totally method all the way through and it has provided a lot of entertainment and genuine fear. He’s brought a whole punch-like quality to it.”
“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?”
David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, starring Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jared Leto, Ben Affleck, Cara Delevingne, Common, Viola Davis, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Scott Eastwood, Jai Courtney, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez and Shailyn Pierre-Dixon, is now out in theaters.