Viola Davis Discusses Meeting Jared Leto’s ‘Joker’ On Suicide Squad


It may come as a surprise to many, but Suicide Squad is one of the most anticipated movies of the year. To many, it comes much higher on the list than even Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Most cite the primary reason of this excitement being the intrigue caused by Jared Leto’s Joker. Like Heath Ledger before him, Leto has completely immersed himself in the role. He played the character on and off the camera, and fans even cite that the ‘Joker’ even slipped out while yelling at a fan at one of his concerts.

Speaking with Vanity Fair, actress Viola Davis (who plays Amanda Waller in the film) discussed her first encounter with Jared Leto on the set of Suicide Squad.

“The Joker, he did some bad things. Jared Leto did. He gave some really horrific gifts. He had henchmen that would come into the rehearsal room and the henchmen came in with a dead pig and plopped it on the table, then he walked out. And that was our introduction into Jared Leto. “

“Now I’m terrified as a person thinking ‘Is he crazy?’ but the second part was ‘Oh shit! I got to have my stuff together.’ You talk about commitment and then he sends Margot Robbie a black rat. It was still alive in a box, she screamed, and then she kept it.”

Stories like these are very prevalent among the cast and crew of Suicide Squad. Each story states that Jared Leto came into the film like a hurricane, and raised the bar of commitment for the cast and crew.

While many will argue that Leto’s Joker is too much of a departure from the comic book look, stories like these help solidify the notion that his Joker just may be the greatest embodiment of the character fans have ever seen.

Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5, 2016.

Source: Vanity Fair

(Taylor Landine)

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