How Jared Leto's Method Joker Performance Affected Common On The Suicide Squad Set

We’re still months away from actually seeing Jared Leto’s performance as The Joker in Suicide Squad. Yet, it has become one of the most anticipated performances in recent years, based solely on the stories that we’re hearing about the lengths that Leto went through in order to get the role just right. The actor had a tendency to freak out most of his co-stars. One of them, however, appears to have had no problems with Jared Leto’s method acting of a psychotic character. Common thought it was great.

It’s become a common story at this point that Jared Leto wasn’t actually anywhere on the set of Suicide Squad. The Joker was there, to be sure, but the actor was nowhere to be found. Collider asked Common about his experience working with Leto. The rapper/actor seems to have really loved the actor’s dedication and fully got into it himself.

I believe in [Jared Leto’s method performance]. Whatever way is necessary for you to be that person, so that you can let go and see The Joker, I love that. From the time I stepped on the set, I was my character and he was his character. There was no in between. It wasn’t like, 'Hey, man, how’s your family doing?'

Common plays the role of Monster T. We know very little about exactly who this character is, beyond the fact that he’s in business with The Joker. This would have possibly put Common opposite Jared Leto as much, if not more, than any other member of the cast. It sounds like, for his part, Common tried to go the method acting route and "be" his character as much as Leto was. If so, the pair probably did an excellent job supporting each other and helping to create each other’s characters.

From all outward appearances Jared Leto’s Joker is going to be the stuff that nightmares are made of. Leto himself said he’ll be locked up after the movie comes out when people see what he’s done. His effect has been long-lasting. Will Smith has said that he’s never met Jared Leto, even though Deadshot has scenes opposite The Joker. The Joker sent a rat as a gift to Margot Robbie, because this is a thing that normal people do. Nobody seems to have had too much of a problem with Jared Leto’s dedication, but most seem to be in a kind of awe over it. It seems like everybody appreciated his work, but Common seems to be one of the few that wasn’t a little intimidated by it.

Suicide Squad is reportedly undergoing some last minute reshoots, that will are going to "increase fun character moments." We have to assume that these reshoots won’t include Jared Leto, as "fun" is not the first word we’re hearing when The Joker is brought up.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.