With a different take on films with an ensemble cast, DC’s “Suicide Squad” has already been garnering a lot of attention for its dark tone and humor as seen in the movie’s trailer. The film that puts the comic books house’s villains in the centerfold arguably has The Joker as its crowning glory with his twisted ways, black comedy and creepy laugh,
In the film’s iteration of the iconic Batman villain, Academy Award winner Jared Leto has taken the mantle that has once been carried by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. Aside from his weird ways and overly bearing smile, the Joker’s laugh is one of the most recognized traits of the character which Leto admits to something that he worked meticulously on.
“I worked on the laugh walking around the streets of New York and Toronto, and I kinda would walk around the streets and see what laughs would get under people’s skin,” Leto said during his recent visit at the CNBC’s “Squawk Box” (via TIME).
“You know when you hear someone laugh at a restaurant? It’s a little jarring. I tried them out. And I kind of got to a place where I would laugh and people are always turning around like, ‘Who is this creepy guy behind me?'”
Unconventional as it may seem, Leto has arguably was able to give off the same eerie vibe that cackle ensues. A sequence in the international trailer backs the rest of the squad including Will Smith’s Deadshot, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress stopping for a moment when they heard it. Even the opening credit in the video clip used the Joker’s laugh as its theme proving how pivotal it is in the DCEU (DC Expanded Universe).
It is no secret that the 44-year-old thespian went to great lengths preparing for the role. His unusual behavior includes sending co-star Viola Davis who plays Amanda Waller a dead pig and Robbie a living rat. Even film producer Charles Roven revealed that during the production, Leto went method with his character and isolated himself as possible to stay in the Joker’s persona.
The thing is, Leto understands the gravitas of his character who is arguably the most notable in the plethora of DC baddies in “Suicide Squad.” So it did not bother him resorting to other ways just to bring justice to the storied character.
Find out how Leto fared in his portrayal of the Joker when “Suicide Squad” hits cinemas Aug. 5.