Jared Leto Just Set The Record Straight On All The Joker Rumors


Last year, before the release of Suicide Squad, we heard all sorts of off the wall stories about Jared Leto and the lengths he was going to in order to get in character as The Joker. Now, the actor himself speaks out about all those stories. Speaking to an Australian radio station, Leto says that the majority of what we heard regarding his antics wasn't actually true. He also discounts any rumors of discord between himself and DC. According to Leto...

There's so much hype and so much bullshit around that, but I think it's just a fun thing to talk about. Even when the movie came out, there was so much misrepresentation about what went down, about the method acting crap. It's just 90% of it was not even true and it just takes on a life of its own... everything's great in that world, and I'm really proud to be a part of it.

If there's one place we certainly can't argue with Jared Leto, it's that the stories of his method acting for Suicide Squad took on a life of their own. We spent most of the spring and summer leading up to the film's release talking a lot about all the bizarre things Leto was allegedly doing while filming. He would only respond to being called Joker on set and he never broke character. He sent all of his co-stars insane gifts like live rats and dead pigs. Now, Leto tells Australian morning show Kyle and Jackie O that most of what we heard apparently wasn't true, and he calls the method acting stuff "crap." While he doesn't go into any detail to specify which parts of the story were true and which were not, according to him, everything was blown out of proportion.

Exactly what Jared Leto's relationship with DC actually is at this point has been unclear. The question is especially interesting following news that Warner Bros. is considering a new Joker movie in which he would not play the lead role. It has since been confirmed that Leto's version of the character is expected to return for both Suicide Squad 2 and Gotham City Sirens and Leto would seem to support that idea here by saying that everything is "great" in the DC world. He also has nothing but glowing things to say about working with Margot Robbie. You can check out his full comments below.

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Did Jared Leto actually send dead animals to his co-stars? The world may never know. Maybe we'll get some clarification on the truth when Leto goes back to play the role again in the future. For now, you can take a look at what all DC has coming up.

Dirk Libbey
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