Jared Leto Met With Real Life Psychopaths and Murderers to Prepare For His Role as the Joker

Saturday, 16 April 2016 - 2:48PM
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Suicide Squad
Saturday, 16 April 2016 - 2:48PM
Jared Leto Met With Real Life Psychopaths and Murderers to Prepare For His Role as the Joker
Jared Leto's antics on the set of Suicide Squad are more than well known - sending rats to Margot Robbie and a dead pig to the entire cast. Just this week, it was revealed that he sent used condoms and anal beads to Will Smith. There's no doubt that he took his role as the Joker very, very seriously.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Leto revealed just how far he went to prepare for his role as Gotham's Clown Prince of Crime. Here's what he had to say:

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I first started at the beginning, educating myself, researching, reading as much as I could, going back to the source material. And then at a certain point, I knew I had to stop doing that. Because the Joker has been redefined, reinvented many times before. I think the fun thing about it is when people have done it in the past, there is some spirit of the Joker essence that they keep, but they either build upon something or tear something down and start again at the beginning. For me, I knew once I had gone through the process of educating myself, I had to throw everything away and start from the beginning and really build this from the ground up. It was a transformative process. There was a physical transformation. There was a physical conditioning.

There are a lot of things. It's probably better to not get into it but to the Joker, violence is a symphony. This is someone who gets an extreme reward from the act of violence and manipulation. Those are the songs he sings and he is very in tune with what makes people tick. I did meet with people that were experts, doctors, psychiatrists that dealt with psychopaths and people who had committed horrendous crimes, and then I spent some time with those people themselves, people who have been institutionalized for great periods of time. I guess when you take on a role, any role, you become part detective, part writer, and for me that's my favorite time of the entire process, the discovering, the uncovering, and the building of a character. Yeah, it's really fun.
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Considering the lengths that his predecessor, Heath Ledger, went to in order to prepare for the role of the Joker, is it really so surprising that Leto has gone to such great extents for his own preparation? Stepping in after Ledger's insane and beloved performance has to be just a tad intimidating, and in order for Leto to leave his mark, he's going to have to do something truly special.

That being said, fans seem to be pretty excited to see Leto's take on the character. After the shock of seeing the Joker tatted up and with metal teeth, his laugh and the brief clips of him from the Suicide Squad trailers have gotten almost everyone hyped up to see what he can do.  

Leto's gone to some pretty extreme measures to prep for this role, so hopefully it pays off. He's been talked up quite a bit by director David Ayer and the rest of the cast, so it's possible that Leto could be the guy who reminds the audience that Ledger isn't the only live action Joker worthy of their attention.
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