If the 2016 interview of Leto with E! is to believe, he infamously sent Joker-like gifts to his co-stars during the making of the DC Comics movie. This includes used condoms and anal beads, but the actor’s present for Robbie was a living rat named Rat Rat.
In a report by Comicbook, Robbie told Elle in 2015 that she kept the rat as a pet because “if Harley got something from Joker, she’d probably cherish it.” She referred in her statement the Joker-obsessed psychiatrist-turned-costumed criminal.
In a recent interview with GQ, Leto clarified he never gave Margot Robbie a dead rat. “That’s not true,” he said. Leto added that he gave her food from a place in Toronto that had great vegan cinnamon buns.
Furthermore, the actor told E! as he explained his gifts to the cast in 2016, he did many things to create a dynamic and an element of surprise. He aimed to break down any walls that may be there. He stated, “The Joker is somebody who doesn’t respect things like personal space or boundaries.”
Aside from Robbie receiving rat and Will Smith, playing the never-misses assassin Deadshot receiving a set of bullets, Killer Croc actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje received “sticky Playboy magazines.”
For the David Ayer-directed ensemble about a team of conscripted criminals, Smith said Leto “went full Joker.” He added that the actor set the tone. He was dead serious as an actor, and he wasn’t playing with it. “Leto was going in, and he was indeed 100 percent going into this character.”
In Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Leto briefly reprises his Suicide Squad role where he appears opposite Ben Affleck’s Batman. Moreover, in The Suicide Squad, director James Gunn’s DCEU entry, the Joker actor is not included.
Meanwhile, Leto expressed support for a Suicide Squad director’s cut ahead of his Marvel Comics role in Sony’s Morbius. He opened up to Variety that he is open to reprising the Joker role after returning to the DC Extended Universe.
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