The Joker news and interviews just keep coming in these days, but (arguably) rightfully so, as he is one of the main reasons Suicide Squad is as highly anticipated as it is, and Jared Leto himself is very well aware of that. He also knows of the big shoes he is expected to fill, which made him appreciate the role that much more.
“I have to say, there have been so many phenomenal performances: Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, Cesar Romero, Mark Hamill,” Leto tells Access Hollywood. “It’s so much great and unforgettable portrayals of The Joker. It was such an honor to be handed the baton and asked to run with it. I just have so much respect for what went on before, and a lot of gratitude that I was able to be a part of this lineage, in some way.”
It’s also no secret that Leto used a full on method acting technique to truly become the Joker, which included staying in character on and off camera, for the entire time the movie was being shot.
“I think method acting is a very loose term for when an actor takes an approach that is maybe a little different than traditional approach,” he explains. “But everybody has their own methodology, from preparing for an interview or writing a book or painting a painting. Or, some people use music. Some people do research. Everybody has their own set of tools that they rely on, and for me, I just try to be as focused and committd as possible. And do what’s needed to be done, in order to create a greater sense of reality for myself, for the other actors. I had a lot of fun with it, and I think everyone has a lot of fun with both that and the film in general.”
While on the red carpet for the world premiere of Suicide Squad, Comicbook.com also got the chance to speak with Leto, and when asked about the iconic Joker laugh, the actor admitted that it was very challenging and even terrifying to develop that.
“You know, when I got asked to play The Joker, I don’t really have a big, precarious laugh personally. So I was a bit terrified. This is a guy who’s laughing, and laughing in a way that’s very unique. So I worked on it, and worked on it, and came up with something that… is very strange, I admit.”
Suicide Squad opens in theaters this Thursday! That’s when we’ll finally know how all these method acting tactics actually translate to Leto’s on-screen performance. Did you get your tickets yet? Feel free to let us know on Twitter or Instagram!