In order to prepare for his role in Suicide Squad as fully as he could, Jared Leto decided to meet with actual psychopaths in real life and not just to rely on his acting skills for portraying the psychotic Joker on screen.
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When Jared landed the role of the Joker in Suicide Squad it was crystal clear that the Academy Award winner would be under a lot of pressure. The role was previously made iconic by Jack Nicholson in Batman back in 1989 and then in 2008 by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. And while Leto’s acting skills are truly enviable, the 30 Seconds To Mars frontman knew that he needed to step his game up in order not to fail big time. So, in order to truly get under the Joker’s skin the 44 year old actor and musician decided to meet with real life psychopaths so that he can portray one on screen.
Jared held many meetings with psychologists and care takers in nursing homes and mental institutions and drew out the valuable facts, motives and stimuli real psychopaths would have in order to become the monstrous minds they are. On top of that, Leto also met the patients in question. That’s right – he didn’t just visit a mental institution and speak with doctors – he actually met the imprisoned patients in person! Jared described the psychopaths as people, who have committed some “horrendous crimes”, and who could give him some insight into the dark mind of the Joker. The 44 year old Leto also remained in character throughout the entire filming of the Suicide Squad and stated that the role of the Joker was “very intoxicating”, but that the character was also entertaining to discover and to build up. We’ll just have to wait until August to see Leto take on the role of the Joker.
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