We’ve all heard about actors getting all Method to prepare for a role. Robert De Niro packed on fifty pounds to play an over-the-hill Jake La Motta in Raging Bull, while Christian Bale became dangerously thin for The Machinist. Jared Leto “went full Joker” for Suicide Squad, according to co-star Will Smith. “He really set the tone. He wasn’t playing with it. He was dead serious as an actor. He was going in and he was 100 percent going into this character.” Full Joker, apparently, involved sending the other actors in the comic-book movie precious gifts such as bullets, a live rat, a dead pig, sticky Playboy magazines, used condoms, and anal beads.
“I did a lot of things to create a dynamic to create an element of surprise, a spontaneity and to really break down any kind of walls that may be there,” Leto told E!‘s Marc Malkin, who presumably went home after the interview and had a long shower. “The Joker is somebody who doesn’t really respect things like personal space or boundaries.” Top that, Daniel Day-Lewis!
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 25, 2015