There were lots of stories about Jared Leto going completely method for his role as the Joker in last summer’s mega-flop Suicide Squad. Acting like an actual psychopath in hopes of snagging a second Oscar, Leto allegedly gifted the cast and crew with used condoms, a dead pig, a live rat. And to get into the character’s twisted mindset, he spent hours watching footage of brutal crimes online.
Now, actor/comedian Ike Barinholtz (who had a supporting role in the movie as Officer Griggs), revealed what it was like working with Leto.
“I do this scene with Jared Leto and he’s supposed to be intimidating me. He comes in, he’s the Joker, and he starts squeezing my t*ts. He’s like [panting and moaning] ‘You’re a big guy’.
“This is while we’re filming. Then he f**king grabs me and kisses me. On the mouth, full kisses me.
“I thought, OK, I’m just gonna go with it. But then he’s like, [panting and moaning again] ‘Did someone piss their pants?’ I’m like, now I did because you said I did!”
He said Leto was seeking a reaction and “he got it. He was so nice and normal and so cool – I was a fan of his. But then he throws in all this weird sh*t.”
Jared Leto previously explained his behavior with “The Joker is somebody who doesn’t really respect things like personal space or boundaries.”
Ike’s gay panic aside, did all this meta-method crap really work? Not so much. Leto’s approach proved universally divisive among the cast and crew, and it didn’t exactly translate to a good performance (the Joker plays a surprisingly small role in Suicide Squad). So next time, try not being such a dick, dude.
(via NZ Herald)