Despite mixed reviews from critics and fans, David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” was one of the year’s biggest movies, with a worldwide box office gross of $745 million. One of the factors behind this success was Jared Leto’s unhinged performance as the Joker.
You may have heard that the actor and front man of 30 Seconds to Mars took the role of the iconic trickster very seriously, employing method acting techniques, inhabiting the character off-screen as well as on, and even gifting co-star Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) a live rat. In an exclusive behind-the-scenes video from the upcoming Blu-ray extended cut shared by Collider, Ayer and Leto reveal just how intense things got.
“This role has always been interpreted so beautifully, but then there’s the other side,” explains Leto. What else can you uncover? What other parts of this story or this life, what can you do that hasn’t been done?” He adds that he likes to “push the envelope.” The actor also goes on to say, “I knew that I was going to have to dive really deep and go to a place that I’ve never gone before.”
Ayer, for his part, confirms that Leto may have taken his method acting a little too far. “So during the process of figuring out the Joker and helping Jared create that character, I kinda had to say goodbye to Jared,” the director tells us. “There was a point when he went away and was replaced slowly and surely by the Joker.”
“It was a fascinating process to watch,” Ayer concludes. “There was this really nice guy, a good guy with a lot of depth to him, he’s a very thoughtful person. The Joker is not someone you’d say is a really good guy.”
"Suicide Squad" also stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney and Joel Kinnaman. The extended cut releases on Digital HD on November 15, with the Blu-ray following on December 13.