This mainly has a lot to do with the actor’s frankly weird performance, as well as his gratuitous “method acting”, that saw him sending costars used condoms, dead rats and even dropping a dead pig on the script-reading table.
Just not necessary, is it? When Phoenix is experimented with the Joker character, he improvised a genuinely haunting scene and climbed in a fridge; when Leto did it, you could have caught hepatitis.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise that the Fight Club actor’s colleagues in Suicide Squad weren’t best impressed, and in a recent interview, Joel Kinnaman – who played Rick Flag – opened up about how he loved Phoenix’s performance, while pretty much refusing to acknowledge the existence of Leto.
Advertising Apple TV’s For All Mankind, the Swedish-born actor appeared on The Big Ticket with Marc Malkin, and was asked if he felt like Warner Bros, cheated on Jared Leto when they made Joker with Phoenix. He responded with “No. Who?”
“Joaquin just crushed. I mean, wow. He’s incredible. He’s such an actor.
“It’s surprising to see something have that kind of performance that has a DC wraparound because it’s a real art film.
“I have a sister who’s a schizophrenic and I’ve drawn on some of her behavioural things in some of the things I’ve done earlier and I was really struck by how accurate his performance was. I think he’s really one of the best of all time.”
High praise but man, that’s pretty damning for an Oscar-winning actor for one of your costars to literally say “who?” when your name comes up.
Leto couldn’t have made many friends on that set, given how he behaved, but I didn’t actually hate his performance. It was weird, but I mainly blame the script and the director, since he was just doing what he was told to do.
He could have done with some eyebrows though, and that “damaged” tattoo was a disaster. I’ll fix him up…
Actually that’s no better.
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Alfie Powell joined as an apprentice and was probably hired because he was likely the only person who applied. He's been blagging his way through writing articles for four years now and he's definitely showing signs of slowing down. When not writing for The Hook, Alfie finds time to indulge in his favourite hobbies, such as drinking and sitting down.Follow