We’ve been excited to see Jared Leto play the Joker in the new Suicide Squad flick for a long time and after a lengthy hype cycle, the big day is almost here. But before we get to the film’s Aug. 5 release, we’ve got yet another teaser to keep us going. This time, it’s Leto covering the new issue of Rolling Stone.
Chatting with reporter Brian Hiatt (while doing some rigorous hiking and mountain climbing) Leto described what it was like getting inside the mind of a psychopath like the Joker. It sounds like a pretty ridiculous process, though not ridiculous enough to confirm the widely-spread rumor that he sent used condoms to his co-stars.
See the highlights below and read the full feature here.
On the progress of Thirty Seconds to Mars’ follow-up to 2013’s Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams:
“It’s 11:15 a.m. on a Thursday in June, and Leto already got in some recording today for the in-progress fifth album from his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, which played arena rock long before they reached actual arenas, with Leto fronting them under the apparent operating principle that Bono’s big problem is excessive bashfulness.”
On Leto’s strong (perhaps little-known) business acumen:
“Showbiz earnings aside, he’s become a savvy and much-sought-after technology investor, most notably taking an early stake in the smart-home company Nest, before its purchase by Google for $3.2 billion. He also has stakes in Reddit, Uber, Airbnb and Slack, among others — and has started companies of his own, including the site Vyrt. He admits that “eventually” these investments may prove more lucrative than his music and movie careers combined.”
Leto’s acting struck a chord with Common:
“The Joker was a popular presence on the Suicide Squad set, borderline harassment and all — people would applaud when he showed up. Leto was constantly improvising. ‘The Joker became entertainment for a lot of the crew,’ he says. ‘So I think we all kind of bonded, even though I was in this place.’ He got along particularly well with rapper-actor Common, who has a small henchman role in the film. ‘He was not afraid of being all up in my face looking like he’s ready to kiss me,” says Common. ‘You could feel the danger, you could feel the sexuality, the craziness, but there was something still cool about him.’”
And director David Ayer setting the record straight about those condoms:
“On set, everyone called him Joker, or Smiley, or in Ayer’s case, Mr. J. Even the crew driving cast members around played along. Leto pulled a set of pranks that have already become infamous, sending a live rat to co-star Margot Robbie’s trailer while delivering bullets and what Leto has described as “used condoms” to other cast members. “Look, they weren’t used condoms,” says Ayer. “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?’”