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.
He Ordered His Henchman Co-Stars Around
The Method: Leto ordered actors like Jim Parrack, who played Joker lackey Johnny Frost, to do things like spray paint some roses black, gather a bunch of nine-inch nails, and handle dead animals.
The Madness: These guys are professional actors with their own ways of preparing for a role that probably doesn't involve indulging Leto's method acting.
But Maybe: It could've built up a stronger bond between Leto and the would-be henchmen. Or maybe it reminded them of the pecking order and goosed their performances with some legitimate annoyance at the actor's antics.620440Is this the worst?
He Used An Adolescent Anatomical Analogy To Describe His 'Creative Process'
The Method: Asked about his process, Leto said, "There was definitely a period of... detachment. I took a pretty deep dive. But this was a unique opportunity and I couldn't imagine doing it another way. It was fun, playing those psychological games. But at the same time it was very painful, like giving birth out of my pr*ck hole."
The Madness: Can't really blame the Joker for this one. Leto is just obnoxious. Who even says "pr*ck hole"?
But Maybe: Leto's antics clearly got the attention the actor was looking for, but it wound up turning many audiences against him, meaning for once people actually disliked the Joker instead of tacitly cheering him on.524393Is this the worst?
He Subjected Everyone To His Bizarre Antics - Except For Viola Davis
The Method: Mail crazy, inappropriate items to the cast (except Viola Davis).
The Madness: Make all your co-workers hate you, much like they would hate the Joker (except Viola Davis).
But Maybe: ....Maybe Jared Leto knew well enough not to screw with Davis. When the Oscar winner was asked if she was the lucky recipient of Jared Leto's "craft," the actress said she was not. In fact, she added, "or else I would have gotten my husband, who was called ‘headache ball’ back in the day when he played football. And I would have said, 'Take care of The Joker.'"606468Is this the worst?
He Insisted On Being Called 'Mr. J'
The Method: According to producer Charles Roven, Leto made all the assistant directors on set call him "Mr. J."
The Madness: Giving yourself a nickname is an annoying thing to do even if you aren't in 30 Seconds to Mars.
But Maybe: Maybe this was constant reminder that kept Leto's brain in the game to give audiences a memorable Joker. And maybe the use of Harley Quinn's nickname for Joker on Batman: The Animated Series simply signals the influence of Mark Hamill's beloved take on the character.626513Is this the worst?