We all know George Clooney has something of a reputation as an on-set joker, but it appears he has some work to do to catch Jared Leto.
In his attempt to get into character as The Joker, and break down boundaries with the likes of Will Smith and Margot Robbie on the set of The Suicide Squad, the Oscar winner channelled his dark side ahead of the shoot by sending his co-stars the sorts of gifts which certainly wouldn’t make it into a PG-13 movie.
Earlier this year, Viola Davis provided details of Leto’s odd behaviour to Vanity Fair, describing how he had a personal "henchman" deliver a pig’s head to his co-stars’ rehearsal room, plonking it on a table before leaving. Then of course there was the dead rat, another unwelcome surprise sprang by the 44-year-old method actor by way of a gift.
But it transpires the vibe was even seedier than that, as when - ahem - probed by E! about the dead pig and the rat, Leto swiftly replied with the line, "Don't forget the anal beads and the used condoms”.
We won’t. Ever. In fact we’re pretty sure it’s now seared onto our memory banks, so thanks for that, Jared.
"I did a lot of things to create a dynamic to create an element of surprise, a spontaneity and to really break down any kind of walls that may be there," he went on to explain. "The Joker is somebody who doesn't really respect things like personal space or boundaries.”
Oh and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who plays Killer Croc in the movie, said that he received "sticky Playboy magazines" from Leto prior to filming. Probably not the reading materials DC bosses had expected the actors to pass around between one another.
All but confirming Leto’s madness, Will Smith added that "Jared went full Joker... He really set the tone. He wasn't playing with it. He was dead serious as an actor. He was going in and he was 100 percent going into this character.”
With Jared’s Joker believed to be based on that from the comic Endgame, arguably the darkest and most psychopathic Joker to appear in print, it’s not as if this character isn’t already without its real-life tragedy: the late Heath Ledger’s unforgettable role as The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight was even citied by some as the catalyst that sent him spiralling into a fatal combination of drugs and depression.
Though the biggest joke remains how Leto’s highly defined cheekbones are 44-years-old. Look at that face!