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6 Crazy Ways Jared Leto Prepared to Play The Joker

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Jared Leto wants us to know he’s an oddball. I mean, he REALLY wants us to know it. So when he was cast as he Joker in Suicide Squad, it was a match mad in trying-too-hard heaven. Here are just a few of the insane things Jared Leto did to play comics craziest madman, the Joker.

He stayed in character the whole time they were filming

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I’ve heard of actors doing this, but it must be ten times crazier when you’re playing a character like The Joker. Will Smith even said, “[Suicide Squad] is insane. I’ve never actually met Jared Leto. We worked together for six months and we’ve never exchanged a word outside of ‘Action!’ and ‘Cut!’ We’ve never said ‘Hello’ or ‘Good day’. I’ve only ever spoken to him with me as Deadshot and him as The Joker. I literally have not met him yet. So, the first time I see him will be ‘Hey, Jared. What’s up?’ Not a single word exchanged off-camera. He was all in on The Joker.” Dude, how do you stay in character when you’re meeting Will Smith?

Jai Courtney confirmed Leto’s commitment, saying “I haven’t seen [Leto], since we started working, out-of-character, let’s put it that way.”

Yo, Jared Leto, it is called acting. Can’t you turn it on and off?

He sent Margot Robbie a rat

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How does one connect with the actress who will be playing his on-screen love interest? He sends her a live rat with a love letter, of course. Other cats members also received personal gifts, including a package of bullets for Will Smith. I guess the time my ex-boyfriend bought me a video game he wanted for himself isn’t looking so bad anymore.

He collectively sent the whole cast a video and… well… some other stuff

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When Leto was unable to be on set the first day of shooting, he sent the whole cast a gift to let them know he was thinking of them — an in-character video, sex toys, and… used condoms. Leto explained himself, saying, “I did a lot of things to create a dynamic to create an element of surprise, a spontaneity and to really break down any kind of walls that may be there. The Joker is somebody who doesn’t really respect things like personal space or boundaries.”

Yeah, used condoms definitely push the boundaries. And who used them? I have like a million questions here and I don’t know if I want the answers.

Jared Leto met with psychiatrists, psychopaths, and murderers

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Another way Leto went above and beyond for his role was by hanging out with real live psychopaths. And I don’t just mean the other members of Thirty Seconds to Mars.

“I did meet with people that were experts, doctors, psychiatrists that dealt with psychopaths and people who had committed horrendous crimes, and then I spent some time with those people themselves, people who have been institutionalized for great periods of time. I guess when you take on a role, any role, you become part detective, part writer, and for me that’s my favorite time of the entire process, the discovering, the uncovering, and the building of a character. Yeah, it’s really fun.”

Honestly, that does sound kind of fun (in a deeply damaged sort of way).

He practiced his laugh in public

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The Joker for sure needs an iconic laugh, but how do you know if you’ve really nailed it? Well, if you’re Jared Leto, you just walk around New York City and practice laughs until you find one that makes people’s skin crawl. Just imagining how many people soiled themselves hearing that laugh on a late night walking down the street alone.

He based his look on the Drug Lords of Instagram

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How did I not know this was a thing? When Leto’s Joker look was revealed, the Internet went bananas. Well, it turns out Leto based the tatted- and grilled-up look by stalking the Instagram accounts of drug lords and pimps. Criminally blinged out, this Joker likes to live the high life while acting like a low life. When I get rich I’m getting a grill for sure.

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