It’s hard not to get the impression that Jared Leto is pretty bitter about the way his Joker performance was handled in Suicide Squad. After all, he has claimed that most of his scenes ended up being cut and that he has no idea why. Now, a new report has come out that suggest that this is because Leto may not have even realized what he was getting himself into when he signed onto David Ayer’s film.
Leto, who is also the lead singer of the band 30 Seconds to Mars, recently engaged in a Q&A session at Camp Mars (the actor has posted about it on both Instagram and Twitter). According to a summary written up by a Leto fansite on Tumblr, Leto at one point claimed that he felt “sort of tricked into being a part of something that had been pitched to him very differently.”
Apparently, Leto thought he was signing on to a more artistic film and was “overwhelmed by all the hate regarding the look and choices.” [Ed. Note: we assume Leto is referring to the overwhelmingly negative reaction that the Joker’s costume design received]. He also mentions at one point that he hasn’t seen the film because he was disappointed to hear what did and didn’t make it into the theatrical cut.
Additionally (and this is the part may other sites have picked up on), Leto is quoted as saying “f–k ’em” in response to the contract stipulations Warner Bros. gave him after the actor decided to accept the part, like prohibiting from taking part in dangerous activities he enjoys (in this case, rock climbing).
To be fair, Warner Bros. sort of tricked everyone when it came to the Joker’s role in Suicide Squad, as the film’s advertising campaign made it seem like he played a significant role in the story, when in reality he was only a minor presence.
That’s the real joke.