Anticipation is high for next year’s Suicide Squad film and much of that hype has to do with the controversial casting of Jared Leto as The Joker. Much like Heath Ledger before him (whose casting was also heavily criticized prior to The Dark Knight‘s 2008 release), Leto has gone full method in his approach to the character and as recent comments from Suicide Squad co-star Will Smith suggest, Leto took things to the extreme on set.
Speaking on Apple’s Beats 1 radio show recently, Smith made some rather coy comments regarding the intensity of Leto’s brand of method acting:
“I’ve never actually met Jared Leto. We worked together for 6 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.”
Whether or not Leto’s take on the iconic character is a boom or bust, at the very least Smith’s comments reveal that Leto is putting his all into his performance. Either way, it will be fascinating to see the fruits of his deranged labor once Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5, 2016.
The entire radio interview can be viewed below: