Initial reports for Jared Leto’s turn as The Joker are that he is blurring the line between performance and character on the set of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, and according to his castmates it makes for an intense time on set.
Adam Beach, who has been cast in the role of Christopher Weiss/Slipknot, recently opened up to EOnline about how Leto sent his fellow castmates a selection of bizarre, and slightly morbid gifts at the start of production.
“He sent [Margot Robbie] a nice love letter with a black box with a rat in it — a live rat. It was beautiful. Then he sent bullets to Will [Smith] with a letter.
Leto also sent a dead hog to his castmates, as well as a video where he said hello…in full on Joker style.
“Basically, what he said was, ‘Guys, I can’t be there but I want you to know I’m doing my work as hard as you guys,'” Beach said. “The video he showed is in character. It blew our minds away. Then we realized that day, this is real.”
Beach also talked about the first time he saw Leto in full costume as The Joker, saying, “he encompasses this beautiful man and he shows it in, ‘Hello, how are you?,’ but in an instant, he goes to psychotic behavior where you’re in fear,” Beach recalled. “But you love him because he has both of those genuine sides.”
Suicide Squad is set to debut in cinemas on August 5, 2016.