Jared Leto’s on Set Joker Behavior Helped Bond The SUICIDE SQUAD
We’ve heard a lot of fun stories involving Jared Leto’s behavior on the set of Suicide Squad, and apparently in the end it helped bond the squad. You can read the experiences that Will Smith and Margot Robbie had with Leto here and here. Leto himself even talked about his experience, explaining that “it was very painful, like giving birth out of my prick hole."
In an interview with Collider, producer Charles Roven talked about Leto’s method acting to help him actually become The Clown Prince of Crime:
"Look, you know, it was different, it was fun. The group first wasn’t sure because the AD’s had to call him ‘Mr. J’ to get him to come to the set [laughs]. 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.
“I have to say, it was one of the most fun sets ever. I’ve been doing this for a while, and the camaraderie that was built on that set—everybody couldn’t wait for the next day to come back to work.”
I hope the studio shares some of this stuff on the Special Features of the DVD when it’s eventually released. It would be interesting to see a short doc that shows Leto’s decent into Joker madness.
Roven also confirmed that the movie is going to get a PG-13 rating, which is what I expected. Warner Bros. isn’t going to risk an R rating on this thing. They want to see those big box-office numbers.
"The intention of the film is definitely to be PG-13… We really want to make these films tonally consistent so that, as I said because this is a shared universe, at least our current thinking—and again, we’re not dealing in absolutes because while this is business it’s also a creative endeavor, so you want to leave yourself open to changing your mind, doing something different, being inspired, that’s the whole process of filmmaking is you have to allow for inspiration as well as having a road map for what you’re gonna do. So our plan right now is to make all these films PG-13. In some cases, you know, right there on the edge of PG-13, but still PG-13."
Suicide Squad will be released on August 5th, 2016. Here’s to hoping the David Ayer-directed film is just as awesome as it looks!