Dropping a Dead Pig in Front of Your Castmates Isn’t Acting, Jared Leto, It’s Gross


I feel really bad for the other actors involved in Suicide Squad considering Viola Davis let slip Jared Leto presented the cast with a dead pig.


I wish I were kidding. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Suicide Squad and How to Get Away With Murder’s Davis relayed the disturbing story from set:

The Joker, he did some bad things, Jared Leto did. He gave some really horrific gifts. He had a henchman who would come into the rehearsal room, and the henchman came in with a dead pig and plopped it on the table, and then he walked out. And that was our introduction into Jared Leto. Now I’m terrified just as a person thinking, ‘Is he crazy?’ but the second part was ‘Oh shit! I got to have my stuff together.’ You talk about commitment and then he sends Margot Robbie a black rat. It was still alive in a box, she screamed, and then she kept it.





Look, I get that method acting is a thing and Leto thinks he has big shoes to fill as the Joker considering Heath Ledger’s performance, but the moment you start inflicting your weird shit on other people I lose respect for you.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Leto taking the role very seriously. Last year Will Smith said, “We worked together for six months and we’ve never actually exchanged a word outside of action and cut … I’ve only ever spoken to him as Deadshot and him as the Joker … he was all in as the Joker.”

Speaking of his own experience last October, Leto told Empire Magazine:

“There was definitely a period of… detachment,” the actor tells us of his immersion in Suicide Squad’s wild-eyed outsider. “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.” When quizzed on exactly how arduous that process was, Leto unleashes an allusion you’re unlikely to hear from, say, Tom Hanks anytime soon. “It was painful, like giving birth out of my prick-hole.” Ouch.

The role of the Joker in David Ayer’s vivid, sure-to-be-ferocious imagining of the DC team-up is, Leto stresses, radically different from what’s gone before. “If you don’t break rules, you’re not going to strike new ground,” he explains.

All I can say is, bless the rest of the Suicide Squad cast for putting up with it (or at the very least, tolerating it for the sake of professionalism).

(via Nerdist)

21 Responses to “Dropping a Dead Pig in Front of Your Castmates Isn’t Acting, Jared Leto, It’s Gross”

  1. Hony says:

    The fact that the Joker is making you so uncomfortable tells me he’s already doing a really great job. I’m very excited.

  2. rinana says:

    it’s funny because Nolan said Heath Ledger was perfectly normal off camera, He didn’t do weird shit like this to his co-stars. He talked normally and acted normally off camera.

    Heath studied joker, kept a journal for the process, and I believed stayed in a room for a week or something and that’s it. Jared Leto trying way too much to be “edgy” and a method actor.

  3. Kruger says:

    If he went so method and started doing crazy shit, I would go method as well and just beat him up.

  4. Akasha says:

    If you check about Jared Leto, this is definitely not a big thing. The guy is weird. ( ps i love him) He gifted rats in a box to his friends before ( there are pics from that, the event was in 2009) He keep an human ear because it was a gift, and he was angry ’cause the police took it & they didn’t bring it back to him. He lives in a house decorated with real human skulls, a coffin, skeletons in the doors, paintings on the walls of human body parts, mannequins… and more.

    Also, i don’t think he was annoying for the rest of his co-stars. He keep in contact with with many of them, and they are praising him all the time during the interviews.

    .ps sorry for my bad english)))

  5. That guy says:

    do you not know the character he is playing is a mental psychopath?

  6. I love that everybody thinks the Joker is this deep pool of multitudes instead of the shallow bowl of crazy gravy that he probably is.

  7. Captain Z says:

    Geebus. Let’s hope he never gets cast as Hannibal Lechter.

  8. But did they get to eat it?

  9. WheelchairNinja says:

    Is this just a recent thing, actors going crazy when they play the Joker? You don’t hear these kinds of stories about Jack Nicholson or Ceaser Romero.

  10. PowerSerg says:

    Screw Jared Leto. As a person who loves acting I think any actor who takes acting so seriously as to go around being an ass like this to be in character is a shitty person.

  11. doc says:

    Damn it, Leto, if you’re gonna bring lechon to the party, you should probably cook it first.

  12. Secretagentr says:

    Another reason this movie makes go “I hate the vision of this movie.” I was originally excited. That excitement is now in the negative.

  13. Evelyn Starshine says:

    Pretty much all the stories about him are horror stories