The role of The Joker seems tailor made for method actors. Heath Ledger’s journey into darkness is the stuff of legends, and his production journal was a truly terrifying spectacle. Jack Nicholson once spoke of fooling folks into believing he doesn’t engage in method acting but admitted that’s his secret to all-encompassing performances. So, it comes as no surprise that Jared Leto, the crown prince of method acting clichés, signed onto Suicide Squad to chase the acting dragon as an Oscar followup.
Yet what we’ve heard about Leto’s Joker hasn’t simply painted a portrait of a dedicated artist. He’s not a method actor who quietly toils away before surprising all with magnificence — he’s marketing himself that way, and some folks find it a little odd. Let’s just say that many, including Martha Plimpton, are not impressed. Leto thinks his tricks were cool, but c’mon, man. Sending sticky magazines plus a rat and a hog to co-stars is, well, rude.