4. He Took Himself So Damn Seriously

6 Ways Jared Leto's Joker Was The World's Most Annoying Co-Worker

Hey, remember when Heath Ledger's Joker said "Why so serious?" I do! It was a pretty solid moment, and it perfectly describes everything we keep hearing about Leto's take on the Joker. Said Leto:

"There was definitely a period of detachment. I took a pretty deep dive. But this was a unique opportunity and I couldn't imagine doing it another way. It was fun, playing those psychological games. But at the same time it was very painful, like giving birth out of my prick hole."

Listen, I'm sure pretending to be a mean clown man in front of cameras is difficult, but comparing it to GIVING BIRTH OUT OF YOUR DICK? C'mon, Jared Leto, it's not THAT hard.

Hell, he almost decided to stay in character WHEN DOING PRESS FOR THE MOVIE, telling Empire Magazine at the beginning of an interview:

"I was just thinking that the Joker would probably just say, 'F**k you,' and hang up."



5. He Demanded Everyone Call Him "Mr. J." On Set

6 Ways Jared Leto's Joker Was The World's Most Annoying Co-Worker

See, on the one hand, that's kinda great, but on the other hand, how do you NOT roll your eyes at that? Not only because it's pretentious and insufferable, but because ONLY Harley should be calling him that.



6. Everyone Had a Lot of Fun and Became Good Friends On Set...EXCEPT JARED LETO

6 Ways Jared Leto's Joker Was The World's Most Annoying Co-Worker

A lot of the early press out of Suicide Squad was pretty fun - the whole cast seemed to be having a blast with each other (they gave each other tattoos and that's some Fellowship of the Ring-level bro-ing down right there). But NOT Jared Leto, who decided to make every moment he was on-set weird and uncomfortable for everyone!

One producer (trying to put a good face on what is pretty clearly an awkward thing) said:

"And he did in many ways isolate himself from the rest of the group, but that's really what his character was, the purpose of his character in many ways, other than when he was with Harley or trying to get Harley. It was very entertaining, it was fuel for a lot of good sport and a lot of laughs, and his isolation bonded the squad, and we wanted the squad bonded."

Listen, you can be "the bad guy" in a movie and still be a normal human being when the cameras aren't rolling, can't you? Or do you have to be a weird asshole all the time just because that's your character? My guess is the guy playing Killer Croc didn't try to eat any of the Production Assistants.






There's a famous story about this kind of method acting in Hollywood from the set of Marathon Man, the Dustin Hoffman/Laurence Olivier thriller from the mid-70s. Between scenes, Hoffman was talking to Olivier (who's regarded by many as the greatest actor to ever live) about a scene taking place after his character had been up for three days straight - and to play the scene, Hoffman actually stayed up for three days straight. Olivier responded, "Why don't you just try acting, dear boy?"

I'm relatively sure Suicide Squad will be great - the trailers have been a blast, David Ayer's a fantastic director, and Leto's Joker DOES look genuinely terrifying...but couldn't he have tried acting instead of sending Margot Robbie used condoms?!