Earlier today, we shared the new Suicide Squad photos including a full body shot of Jared Leto's The Joker. Now, we got an interview with the actor in which he talked about his character for the first time. Throughout the entire shoot, Leto never broke character. Even his co-star Will Smith said that he never met Leto on the set.
When Leto sat with Empire Magazine for an interview, the first thing the actor said was: "I was just thinking that the Joker would probably just say, 'Fuck you,' and hang up." The actor also revealed that he listened to 1920's gospel music and read literature on shamans while playing the character. He went on to describe his experience on playing the villain:
"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 prick hole."
Then, he offered his unique take on the villain:
"I always get the sense that The Joker may be much older than people think. It's something different. If you don't break rules, you're not going to strike new ground. I think I'll be cooling down for the rest of my life."
Suicide Squad producer Charles Roven described the villain's sense of style, saying it was inspired by Mexican cartels. He went on to say that this version of the Joker i "more social...a very successful and smart businessman besides being a sociopath."
Director David Ayer also shared his thoughts about Jared Leto's take on The Joker:
"The Joker is the third rail of comic bookmovies. There's a power to that character, and by some freaking miracle, through the incredible things Jared has done and the photography and all the other millions of things that went into it, we've cooked up something transcendent. He's scary."
Suicide Squad will hit theaters on Aug. 5, 2016. Check out the newly-released photos here.