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The Most Obnoxious Things Jared Leto Did When He Played The Joker 

Jake Baumgart
Updated June 10, 2020 14.7k votes 4.8k voters 1.7M views 12 items

List Rules Vote up the most unprofessional, attention-seeking things Jared Leto did while making 'Suicide Squad.''

To play the Joker in Suicide Squad, Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto pulled out all of the insane method acting techniques he could conjure. Everybody has heard of actors getting in deep in order to really deliver amazing performances, but usually that doesn't involve sending people used condoms or dead animals.

It was Sir Laurence Olivier who slyly critiqued Dustin Hoffman's method technique during the Marathon Man shoot, advising him, "Try acting, dear boy." Maybe this was Olivier making a witticism at Hoffman's expense but in the case of Jared Leto, it could be the central sentiment in his intervention. In playing the DC Comics villain, Leto has gone method in the most obnoxious way.

So lock your doors and get a restraining order, because these are the most annoying things Jared Leto has done as the Joker.

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He Mailed Unwrapped Condoms To His Co-Stars
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The Method: Mailed unwrapped - but, contrary to rumor, not used - condoms to the actors playing the Suicide Squad.

The Madness: Did you not read that first line?! What the hell does this have to do with the Joker? The rumor took on a life of its own, with Leto himself joking that the rubbers were used. They weren't, as director David Ayer explained to Rolling Stone: "Look, they weren't used condoms.... Let's be real here. They're removed from their packages, but it wasn't actually used. And, of course, I was mortified. Like, 'Jared, put that stuff away - get that out of here, what are you doing?'"

But Maybe: When asked, Leto said, "I did a lot of things to create a dynamic to create an element of surprise, a spontaneity and to really break down any kind of walls that may be there." Yes, "walls," like the kind of walls established by Human Resources to avoid harassment allegations. (Or maybe your workplace has different Secret Santa traditions than everyone else's.)

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He Delivered A Pig Cadaver During Rehearsal
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The Method: Interrupting a rehearsal with a videotaped message and a dead pig.

The Madness: Much like the Joker would do (really?), Leto used production assistants on set to send dead farm animals to the nice men and women of the Suicide Squad (who are just playing bad guys).

But Maybe: Actually, several the actors said this kind of worked and really united the cast in an "us against him" sort of way. If this shows in the final product, Leto's approach will have paid off.

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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Got 'Sticky' Playboys From Leto
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The Method: Sent mysteriously sticky copies of Playboy to Killer Croc actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

The Madness: It's to be inferred here that the Joker "took himself to dinner" while perusing the contents of Hugh Hefner's publication... and then sent it to an actual person who isn't really a DC villain.

But Maybe: Maybe Killer Croc gets his hands on Joker and reenacts that scene from Fight Club when Edward Norton wants to destroy something beautiful.

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He Mailed Margot Robbie A Live Rat
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The Method: Leto had a rat delivered to Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie. 

The Madness: Any fan knows the Joker and Harley's relationship is messed up, but does any actress deserve to have her more highly paid male co-stars sending her rodents?

But Maybe: These two characters are twisted, with Quinn torn between abject worship and justified disgust. Opening a package with a rat inside might just help convey the gruesome, contradictory push and pull between Mr. J and Miss Q.

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