Shortly after production began on Suicide Squad in Toronto last year, director David Ayer shared the first official photo of Jared Leto as The Joker. The Oscar-winning actor looked quite deranged in the image, which showcased a number of intricate tattoos. We found out, as production continued, that the actor stayed in character the entire team while on the set. While we haven't heard much from the actor himself about the role, one of his co-stars, Viola Davis, who plays Amanda Waller, offered some new insight on his bizarre ways in an interview with Vanity Fair. Here's what she had to say about the cast's first "introduction" to the actor during a rehearsal.
"The Joker. He did some bad things, Jared Leto did. He gave some really horrific gifts. He had a henchman who would come into the rehearsal room, and the henchman came in with a dead pig, and plopped it on the table, and then he walked out. That was our introduction to 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."
We reported last year that Jared Leto sent a box of bullets and a dead hog to Will Smith, along with the video of Jared Leto in character as The Joker. Viola Davis certainly isn't the first person to speak about the actor's antics on set. Scott Eastwood revealed last year that he didn't want to approach the actor during production, because he didn't want to "mess" with his method acting style. Margot Robbie, who plays Harley Quinn, added that she was actually even more scared of seeing the actor without any makeup on, because she got so used to his Joker persona.
Jared Leto's Joker will be the first iteration of the character shown on the big screen since the late Heath Ledger's performance in 2008's The Dark Knight. While we'll have to wait and see if fans respond to Jared Leto's version as much as they did with Heath Ledger's iconic portrayal, fans have reacted positively to the footage that has been released, especially the second trailer that arrived last month. Since we still have six months left until this superhero adventure hits theaters, hopefully we'll see much more of this iconic villain.
The all-star ensemble cast includes Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jai Courtney (Boomerang), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc), and Jay Hernandez (El Diablo). Scott Eastwood and Ray Olubowale also appear in the movie, but their characters have not been revealed. Take a look at Viola Davis' full video interview below, with the Suicide Squad talk coming at the 1:54 mark.