After Suicide Squad, Jared Leto Says Everyone Wanted Him To Play Another Bad Guy

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In Suicide Squad, Jared Leto played an unhinged and heavily-tattooed version of the Clown Prince of Crime. Many have played the Joker over the years, but Jared Leto's version was still memorable. In fact, the actor and 30 Seconds to Mars musician recently revealed that after various people involved with the industry saw what he did with the character, he started getting a slew of offers to play other bad guys. He told Conan O'Brien on his late night show that four offers even poured in during one week, noting,

Yeah, I think there was a week that I got an offer to play four of the most notorious bad guys that you could ever imagine. I think it was like Charles Manson and, you know, the guy from Waco--you know, basically the most evil of the evil. And I thought, maybe I should play them all and just make a box set and be done with it.

That unexpected box set comment is really funny, but it doesn't look as if it will be coming together soon, both because different studios don't usually release box office sets together and because those aren't the roles that Jared Leto has taken so far. Less than a week ago, we learned that Jared Leto's next role will take him to sunny Los Angeles, where he will play a different sort of famous person: none other than Hugh Hefner.

However, from what Jared Leto confirmed to Conan O'Brien on Conan, Quentin Tarantino was indeed eyeing the Suicide Squad actor to play Charles Manson in his new movie. So far, no official casting for that movie has been announced, but the Manson project has been in development since at least July. We'll let you know if that project ends up moving forward and if Jared Leto gets attached, although his latest comments don't make it clear whether or not he'd be excited about another type of bad guy role, since he mostly jokes about whether or not another would be viable.

If you'd like to take a look at the Conan segment, you can do so, below.

Jared Leto is currently busy promoting Blade Runner 2049, where he plays Niander Wallace. We do know that Suicide Squad 2 is in the works over at DC and Warner Bros. For a while we didn't know the order of upcoming DC films, but recent announcements have stated that we'll get the Suicide Squad follow-up in 2019. In addition, Gavin O'Connor has been hired as the director of the sequel, and all of this combined means more information about the movie should be forthcoming sooner rather than later. If you'd like to take a look at what all we know about Suicide Squad 2, check out our full guide.

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