Will Smith on Jared Leto's Joker: 'I've Never Met Jared Leto'

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 - 10:20AM
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Tuesday, 06 October 2015 - 10:20AM
Will Smith on Jared Leto's Joker: 'I've Never Met Jared Leto'
The hype surrounding Jared Leto's Joker has been intensifying lately, with Margot Robbie claiming she was "petrified" of him on set and Leto himself saying last week, "They're going to lock me away in a box when this movie comes out." But these statements from Will Smith might be the craziest yet, as he claims that as a result of Leto's extreme method acting, he's never actually met his co-star when he wasn't the Joker.



Opening quote
"I've never actually met Jared Leto. We worked together for 6 months and we've never exchanged a word outside of 'Action!' and 'Cut!' We've never said 'Hello,' we've never said 'Good day.' I've only ever spoken to him as Deadshot and him as the Joker. I literally have not met him yet. So, the first time I see him will be 'Hey, Jared. What's up?'
 
Not a single word exchanged off camera. He was all in on the Joker…I'm looking forward to meeting him."
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Leto and his co-stars have been touting his method acting for months now, but this is probably the most extreme example of it we've heard. Even the live rats and dead pigs could be explained by a practical joke (albeit one that probably went too far), but it sounds like Leto is completely immersed in his role. And although it almost sounds implausible that he would be so extreme, Leto is known for staying in character for the entirety of filming, particularly in his Oscar-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club. 

This makes us more excited for Leto's Joker, as method acting is employed by some of the best actors out there and often leads to the best performances. But it also makes us a little concerned for Leto's health, considering the truly twisted nature of the character. Luckily, David Ayer employed a therapist on set (but would Leto see a therapist if the Joker wouldn't?).

Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5, 2016. 

Via Screenrant.
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