Jared Leto played the role of the Joker for the 2016 film Suicide Squad.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that Leto was “alienated” after being sidelined in the 2019 film. Although Leto was signed to be in a standalone Joker film which would be a Suicide Squad spin off, the film was later cut. The Harley Quinn movie met the same fate and was cut from Warner Bros’ agenda.
Leto is also not a part of the Suicide Squad remake. His costar Viola Davis told Vanity Fair that Leto introduced himself by sending a dead pig to their table read. She said, “The henchman came in with a dead pig and plopped it on the table and then he walked out. And that was our introduction to Jared Leto.”
She added, “Now I’m terrified just as a person thinking ‘Is he crazy?’ But the second part was, ‘Oh shit, I’ve got to have my stuff together’. You talk about commitment. And then he sends Margot Robbie a black rat, that was still alive in a box. She screamed, and then she kept it.”
Many of his co-stars talked about the extent Leto went to get into character. Will Smith said he “only ever met The Joker” on the movie set, never Leto himself.
Joaquin Phoenix‘s acting as The Joker has also been very well received by audiences. The actor said he would be interested in playing the part again. He told Popcorn, “I talked to (director) Todd (Phillips) a lot about what else we might be able to do, in general, just working together, but also specifically, if there’s something else with Joker that might be interesting.”
He said “me and Todd would still be shooting now if we could, right? Because it seemed endless, the possibilities of where we can go with the character.”
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