As the hype train for Suicide Squad rolls on, director David Ayer has shed some light on just how good Jared Leto is as the Joker. Scroll down for all the details.
After the release of the stunning first trailer for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad (which you can read all about here and here), the internet has gone into a bit of a meltdown concerning all things Task Force X.
So imagine our excitement when the director himself came out to sing the praises of 30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto and his spine-tingling incarnation of the Clown Prince of Crime. In an interview with USA Today, he spoke of the enormity of directing such an iconic role:
It’s a scary character to tackle. This iteration of him, people will realize there really is a continuity of history — there is a lot of respect for what the Joker represents, who he is as a character. He is the best-known villain in fiction, so there’s an incredible responsibility there to also be faithful to what he is but at the same time push him into this next world, next time, next phase.
So no pressure, Jared? Well apparently Leto was the perfect man for the job, inhabiting the character to the point where he started to freak the cast and crew out:
People kept their distance… I love helping actors find what methodology works best for them. It’s like tailoring a suit — it’s not one size fits all. But it really made an event when he would show up on set. There was almost a pageantry to him, which did translate into the power on screen he has.
But it’s not just David Ayer who’s more than happy with Leto’s take on the Joker, Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder also had a few choice words about a drastically different performance than what you’re used to. He said:
The commitment to the role, you’re going to see that really shine through in a way that you’re not used to seeing actors in movies really go all the way with [in] every little moment and every little breath. You’re going to get taken on a journey with Jared that I don’t know that everyone’s ready for but I think it will be amazing.
I think I might have just peed a little. If Jared Leto’s performance in Suicide Squad is as transformative as these filmmakers say it is (I’m taking their comments with a pinch of salt), then I’m hoping he sticks around past this movie to go one-on-one with Batman further down the line.
Suicide Squad hits theaters on Aug. 5
Do you think Leto will be as memorable as Ayer and Snyder are making out? Maybe you’re still unimpressed by what you’ve seen so far? Sound off in the comments section below!
Source: USA Today