Jared Leto sure sounds like a real treat to be around when he's neck-deep in some method acting, especially when it's all in the name of stretching Suicide Squad's PG-13 boundaries. We've already heard all about the live rat he sent to Margot Robbie, the decidedly not alive pig he sent to the entire cast, and the fact that his performance pretty much stopped time on the set. However, according to Leto himself, the Joker's gifts to the skwad didn't just include dead animals.
When pressed by E! News' Marc Malkin at CinemaCon in Las Vegas to give details on the inspiration behind those gifts, the Oscar-winning actor interrupted to amend the list of Joker's generosities. "Don't forget the anal beads [and] the used condoms," Leto reminded Malkin. When asked to break down the why of these thoughtful gifts, Leto explained that it's all just part of the process. "I did a lot of things to create a dynamic [and] to create an element of surprise, a spontaneity and to really break down any kind of walls that may be there," Leto said. "The Joker is somebody who doesn't really respect things like personal space or boundaries."
Leto's co-star Will Smith, who said back in October that he had never actually met the real Jared Leto, spoke highly of the intense method acting that ultimately gave Suicide Squad its spirit. "[Leto] went full Joker," Smith told Malkin. "He really set the tone. He wasn't playing with it." That tone, as proven by the debate surrounding those recent reshoot rumors, is vastly important to making Suicide Squad the slam dunk for Warner Bros. that it so obviously should be.
Thankfully, Jared Leto seems pretty convinced that two classic Jokers—Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson—should very much approve of his take on the notorious villain.