With just 2 months in its release, Suicide Squad is one of the most anticipated movies of the year and DC knows they cant make any kind of mistakes with this one as fans wont forgive them if they do. But one thing they can rely on is Jared Leto. When it comes to method acting Jared Leto surely knows his ways and its no different for the role of Joker.
The man knows when to go total method, and this role is certainly no exception. In fact, he’s recently spoken about how he crafted his take on one of the most important characteristics of the Clown Prince of Crime: his laugh.
Out of all places, Leto’s discussion about finding the Joker’s laugh took place during an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box. When asked about his preparation for Joker, Jared Leto told them that he used the following method of trial and error:
“I worked on the laugh walking around the streets of New York and Toronto, and I would kind of walk around the streets and see what laugh would kind of get under people’s skin. You know if you hear someone laugh at a restaurant, it’s a little jarring. Yeah, I tried them out and I kind of got to a place where I would laugh and people would always turn around, like, ‘Who is this creepy guy behind me?”
Joker’s chaotic and menacing laugh is something which gives the character a certain type of evil characteristic. And every actor who has played Joker has had a very unique way of presenting it. While Jack Nicholson had a deep, booming laugh that threatened to push the button and/or pull the trigger at a moment’s notice, Heath Ledger’s Joker laugh was one that was both jagged, and extremely unhinged – promising spontaneity with every breath. With so much weight already on Jared’s shoulders, his portrayal has to be absolutely spot on in order to win over the fans. And if he does play his cards right, he will have the last laugh against those who have criticized his casting.