– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Ever since Constantin Stanislavski created the concepts and ideas that would become known as Method Acting in the early 1900s, we’ve heard stories of thespians who get so lost in their characters that they become almost unrecognizable. They display such uncanny devotion to the characters they’ve created that they practically attempt to live as them for the duration of a film’s production. When they’re on set, they’re not to be referred to by their real names; They’ll only speak with the accents and vocal rhythms associated with their character; They’ll only respond to things in the way they believe their character would.

In a recent talk with Beats 1 Radio, Will Smith says Jared Leto may have taken this same hard approach while the actors worked on DC’s upcoming film, Suicide Squad. Why does he think this? Because despite working in close proximity to the actor for months, Smith says he’s never actually met Jared Leto. He says he’s only met The Joker.

Here’s an excerpt of what he said on the matter:

“I’ve never actually met Jared Leto. We worked together for 6 months and we’ve never exchanged a word outside of ‘Action!’ and ‘Cut!’ We’ve never said ‘Hello,’ we’ve never said ‘Good day.’ I’ve only ever spoken to him as Deadshot and him as the Joker. I literally have not met him yet. So, the first time I see him will be ‘Hey, Jared. What’s up?’ Not a single word exchanged off camera. He was all in on the Joker… I’m looking forward to meeting him.”

So it sounds like Leto totally lost himself in his performance as The Joker, which could make for a truly special performance when Suicide Squad comes out next year. Coincidentally, it’s been said that Heath Ledger was so similarly devoted to his interpretation of The Joker in The Dark Knight that it led him down the path that would eventually result in his death via accidental drug overdose. Let’s just hope Leto is more capable of shaking off the psychotic character than Ledger was- assuming that theory holds even an ounce of truth. 

We’ll get to see for ourselves what Leto’s devotion amounts to when Suicide Squad comes out next year on August 5.

SOURCE: Beats 1 Radio

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.