How Jared Leto's Dead-Pig Stunt Affected Viola Davis' Suicide Squad Performance

It's already been well-documented that Jared Leto handed out disgusting presents to Suicide Squad’s cast and crew during its shoot. But Viola Davis has now opened up about her own very special, rather gruesome gift from Jared Leto, revealing that she received a dead pig from the Oscar–winning actor.

Viola Davis admitted to Vanity Fair that, before she even said a quick hello to the actor, Jared Leto had a henchman walk into the rehearsal room, drop the dead pig on the table, and then walk out. This immediately unsettled Viola Davis, who just assumed that she was now working with a bona-fide crazy person. However, the multi-award winning actress soon snapped out of this daze, and quickly realized that this would be good for her own performance:

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.' You talk about commitment and then he sends Margot Robbie a black rat. It was still alive in a box. She screamed, and then she kept it.

While Margot Robbie got herself a pet rat while working on Suicide Squad, the Australian actress also caused havoc on the set by giving out tattoos to the members of the production team and cast. Some of these were spelt right. While others probably should have gone through some kind of spell-check. It was all part of the fun though.

In Suicide Squad, Viola Davis plays arguably the most despicable character of all the ensemble; Amanda Waller. She is the one who brings Will Smith’s Deadshot, Jared Leto’s Joker, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag, Jai Courtney’s Boomerang, Jay Hernandez’s El Diablo, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agdaje’s Killer Croc together for their hugely dangerous mission.

Even in the film’s trailers, Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller has immediately come across as unsettlingly sinister, and the sort of woman who gets what she wants, without having to really do too much. You can check out the 50-year-old actress’ full discussion with Vanity Fair by watching the video below.

Suicide Squad’s August 5 release date might still seem like a lifetime away, but with Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice now just over a month from hitting cinemas, there’s still plenty of DC fans to be hugely excited about.

Gregory Wakeman