Why Jared Leto Loved Going 'Completely Nuts' as Joker in Suicide Squad

Jared Leto from Suicide Squad
Jared Leto from Suicide Squad

Jared Leto Loved Going ‘Completely Nuts’ as The Joker in Suicide Squad

While the rest of the “Suicide Squad” cast got to bond through group therapy-type sessions and vigorous fight training, Jared Leto stayed off to the side by himself, never able to enjoy that actorly camaraderie on a big movie.

He couldn’t have been happier.

“The Squad really had an incredible connection,” the actor-rock star tells Made in Hollywood reporter Kylie Erica Mar. “The Joker kind of was always the odd man out. He lived separately from that world. I think that was good to set up that dynamic. But it was really nice to see how close they all got and how much they all bonded during filming. It was really sweet.”

The separation allowed Leto do what he had to do to bring The Joker to life — which was whatever popped into his head.

“Everyone should have a chance to play The Joker because it’s just outrageous,” he says. “It’s so much fun, I think probably because there are no rules. You can basically just do whatever you want. And we don’t really get to do that when we’re adults. You get to do that when you’re a kid. The Joker is in a similar space.”

Playing The Joker Gave Jared Leto Room to Improvise Wildly in Suicide Squad

While it’s not the kind of space many normal people would recognize, it gave Leto the freedom to improvise.

“The Joker just goes completely nuts,” says Leto. “He doesn’t wait to ask permission if he can say or do something. That’s really exciting. It keeps everybody on edge, including myself. I never know what I’m going to do next, I’ll be honest. I made a promise to myself that I was going to be as  brave as possible, not be afraid to fail and to take a lot of chances on this movie. And I tried to stick to that.”

Jared Leto Hints He’d Love to Play The Joker in a Suicide Squad Sequel

And don’t think that Leto has run out of his bag of crazy tricks to give new dimensions to a character already played by dozens of actors in TV shows and movies, including Heath Ledger in an Oscar-winning performance.

Clearly thinking sequel, Leto says, “I hope this is just an introduction to this new Joker.”