History has shown that The Joker is the kind of role that is known to require an actor’s full immersion into character for their performance to translate properly on screen. According to Will Smith, Jared Leto took that to heart while on the set of DC Comic’s 2016 summer blockbuster Suicide Squad.
Smith, who plays Deadshot in the upcoming Suicide Squad film was asked about his interactions with Leto during an interview with Zane Lowe at the Apple Beats 1 studio. Though they had spoken in character, Smith says they never actually exchanged pleasantries out of character.
“I’ve never actually met Jared Leto,” Smith tells Lowe. “We worked together for 6 months and we’ve never exchanged a word outside of ‘Action!’ and ‘Cut!’ 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.”
Even Leto feels that his full commitment to The Joker character will be on full display on the big screen, saying that they were going to lock him away in a box once the film is released. This comes in addition to his incredibly unconventional gifts that he sent to his Suicide Squad castmates over the summer, which included a live rat for Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and bullets and a dead hog for Smith as Deadshot.
Every incarnation of the caped crusader’s arch nemesis has brought it’s own special brand of crazy, and it appears as if Leto is looking to carve his own path, outside of his obviously original cosmetic appearance. From Jack Nicholson to Jared Leto, to even Mark Hamill’s iconic menacing voice from Batman: The Animated Series and the Arkham video game series, portraying The Joker is quite the tall order for those who accept the role.
In the meantime, we can all enjoy the awesome trailer that blew the roof off of San Diego Comic Con and Will Smith can enjoy the summer time with DJ Jazzy JeffSource: IGN