Jared Leto: Playing the Joker in Suicide Squad 'Was a Role of a Lifetime'
“This character has been written about, acted, interpreted, reinterpreted, reimagined for 75 years,” Leto said in an interview with Good Morning America, which aired Friday.
“So, to be asked to take the baton and run with it was quite an honor and a responsibility so I dove pretty deep, you could say,” he laughed.
And while on-set, Leto, 44, never broke character.
“When you take a part like this, you become a detective, a journalist in a way, and I have to say it was a role of a lifetime,” the Oscar-winner shared. “It was the most fun I think I’ve ever had.”
As for his version of the comic book villain in the movie, Leto said, “He’s a sick, twisted, but I think very lovable Joker.”
The last actor to portray the Joker was Heath Ledger, whose iconic performance in the The Dark Knight won him a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Jack Nicholson also portrayed the Joker in 1989’s Batman and Mark Hamill lent his voice for the role in Batman: The Animated Series.
And for Leto, getting the Joker’s laugh down took “a lot of experimentation” plus “a lot of really bad laughs,” he admitted.
“I remember wandering the streets in New York and Toronto, where we were shooting, and I would just laugh out loud and see how people would react to it,” he recalled. “When I started to hone in on this laugh, I realized it was the one that people would turn around and be like, ‘What the hell is that?'”
But even though the film has wrapped and he’s no longer portraying the devious villain, Leto believes, “you don’t really say good-bye.”
“I think that The Joker s in there somewhere,” shared Leto, who mentioned the possibility of him reprising the role.
“I feel like this film is an introduction to the Joker and I m hopeful that we will see more to come,” he said.
Suicide Squad hits theaters Aug. 6.