Suicide Squad‘s behind the scenes drama, particularly as it relates to the totally twisted Clown Prince of Crime, continues to be more interesting than the actual movie. Jared Leto claims a lot of the Joker scenes were left on the cutting room floor. Were they too edgy for mainstream audiences? Nope. It was because, as Margot Robbie explained, “[Director David Ayer] probably realized that the emotional through-line of the story had to be the mission we were on, and kind of explaining The Enchantress’ position and all that kind of stuff.” An extra 10 minutes of Leto’s damaged mugging would have added nothing to Suicide Squad. That’s what the rumored Joker spinoff movie is for.
Who started the rumor? Jared Leto.
Anyway, despite his numerous complaints, Leto hasn’t actually seen Suicide Squad, which is like saying you hate caviar before even eating it. You know it’s going to be terrible, and it is terrible, but don’t knock something until you try it. Leto told the BBC that “I haven’t seen it,” to which the world replied, “Lucky.” The Oscar winner didn’t sound much happier at Camp Mars — yes, it’s a three-day Thirty Seconds to Mars summer camp “experience” — when someone asked if the studio made him agree to any contract stipulations, including not being able to go rock climbing. “Yes,” Leto replied, adding, “but my answer is: f*ck ’em.” He said that while wearing a tie dye shirt.
Here’s a summary of what else Leto revealed:
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… (Via batman-news)
Suicide Squad is a $175 million blockbuster with a character named Killer Croc — Leto makes it sounds like he thought he was making a quaint indie. He wasn’t duped. Suicide Squad is exactly the movie we all thought it would be when the first images of the Hot Topic Joker were released last year, minus the campy fun. Maybe he’s the one who filed the false advertising lawsuit?
Now that would be twisted.