By now, it’s a well-known fact that the set of Suicide Squad was crazier than a room full of Juggalos on PCP. But what if co-star Jared Leto’s extreme on-set pranks were a desperate, ultimately futile attempt to free himself from a Faustian bargain, and not a particularly attention-starved form of method acting? What if the film itself was so evil, so twisted, it tricked its stars into participating?
Leto certainly feels like the Joker made a fool of him. At least, that’s what he said at a Q&A session at last weekend’s “Camp Mars,” a three-day wilderness retreat devoted to all things Leto. (Okay, technically it’s all things Thirty Seconds To Mars, but come on.) Asked about the film there in his safe space, under the presumably dilated gaze of a room full of superfans, a tie-dye and straw hat-clad Leto reportedly opened up about the experience:
He was very honest about the film this weekend; his disappointment in what he’s learned of the theatrical cut (he’s still not seen the film); feeling sort of tricked into being a part of something that had been pitched to him very differently; thinking it would’ve been more artistic than what it became; feeling overwhelmed by the hate regarding the look and choices…
That’s quoted from a Tumblr whose tagline refers to “livin’ la vida Leto,” so take it with a grain of salt, preferably one licked off of the forehead of a dead pig propped up in Will Smith’s dressing room with lipstick smeared all over its mouth. You know, acting.