We’ve all seen the controversial fan response to Jared Leto’s upcoming portrayal of The Joker, but few people have experienced the undeniable madness he’s bringing to the role. Viola Davis, the actress portraying Amanda Waller in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, is one of the people who were misfortunate enough to experience Leto’s madness. Davis notes that the method actor made sure to keep the other actors on their toes with a morbid array of horrifying gifts.
“He had henchmen that would come into the rehearsal room and the henchmen came in with a dead pig and plopped it on the table, then he walked out. And that was our introduction into Jared Leto.”
Leto (or should I say The Joker?) Also endeared his likely love interest, Margot Robbie with “a black rat… still alive in a box, she screamed, and then she kept it.”
Davis goes further to talk about the dedication Leto has to his role and the way he inspired other actors to immerse themselves in their role like he did.
“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.'”
There is a clear theme of madness being set up in this movie. The integration of DC comic’s two trademark crazies makes madness a necessary part of the story, and it is rather comforting to know that The Joker is making his madness potent –on and off screen.
Method acting has a history with The Joker.
The late and legendary Heath Ledger kept his maddened thoughts in a diary, and allowed Christian Bale to physically beat him in the famous interrogation scene. This dedication led to an unforgettable adaptation of The Joker, and it seems that Jared Leto is preparing for an adaptation that will be equally unforgettable – and perhaps even more insane.