Jared Leto sat down with Empire Magazine and revealed some details about his…’unique’ approach to playing the Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad. Although it’s still not completely clear about the direction the villain is going in this time around, Leto gave us some very interesting tidbits about his take on the Clown Prince of Crime.
He’s older than you think Leto went took a complete method acting take on the character, trying really hard to get inside his head. This involved listening to 1920’s gospel music and reading literature on shamans. Why? Leto felt the man with the green hair is older than anyone realizes.
He’s modeled after cartel members and LA gangs The Joker in Suicide Squad definitely doesn’t shop at the same stores that the previous one did. His most recent photoshoot included a full length, purple alligator skin topcoat and scrubs from Arkham Asylum. The film’s producer Charles Roven officially said that the look is inspired by Mexican cartels, while director David Ayer’s preference for LA gang culture as seen in past movies like Street Kings is visible as well.
He’s a social/psycho businessman You see the Joker in a Lamborghini in the teasers, which doesn’t really seem to fit if you compare it to Heath Ledger’s anarchist Joker. But, Leto says this time around he’s not only insane, but a businessman and crime boss. There’s a method to his madness, and he’s “very successful and smart, besides being a sociopath.”
Not even his friends are safe when it comes to a laugh In order to fully immerse himself in the character, Leto had to become the kind of guy who torments everyone around him with pranks. He routinely called castmate Jim Parrack, who plays one of the Joker’s henchmen, requesting roses painted black, and backpacks filled with 9-inch nails (the literal thing, not the band). Leto says “It was fun, playing those psychological games. But at the same time it was very painful, like giving birth out of my prickhole.” Um, yikes.
He’s got a lot more tattoos While some fans loved the extra ink and others hated it, the character is definitely painted in a new light. And now, with the first full body shot of Leto in-costume, we can see that he has even more than the ones on his face, including a comic book version of the Joker’s smile across his stomach and his own name in the middle of his torso.
He’s unlike any Joker before Leto wants to make it very clear that he’s nothing like Nicholson or Ledger, or even Caesar Romero from the classic 1960’s Batman TV show. He says “If you don’t break the rules, you’re not going to strike new ground.” Going off of that, he promises something radically different, which is very exciting for all of us. Via Looper