Jared Leto isn’t happy about Suicide Squad’s deleted Joker scenes

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Jared Leto as The Joker in Suicide Squad
Clown Prince of Crime Jared Leto as The Joker in Suicide Squad. Image Picture Atlantic/Warner Bros

Jared Leto is a world class Oscar winning actor, but he’s struggling with his latest performance.

No, we’re not talking about playing The Joker in Suicide Squad, instead the act of trying to disguise his disappointment with the film. More specifically, the fact that most of his cackling Clown Prince of Crime scenes have been left on the cutting room floor.

Leto went full “method” – sending used condoms, rats and dead pigs to cast mates as – as part of his ‘Mr J’ madness. Was it all for nothing?

Speaking to NME, Leto claimed that he hadn’t even seen Suicide Squad yet, but was aware of the poor reviews the film was getting and his diminished role in the finished product.

“I’ve heard that there’s been a very mixed response. It’s easy to hear that, but I haven’t seen the film and I’m in the film so little that that really has not very much to do with me and what I’m doing now and talking and sharing the film,” he said.

Leto added of his Joker scenes: “We shot so much footage, there are so many scenes that are not in the film. 

“I haven’t seen the movie yet so I don’t know exactly what’s been cut out or not, but I do understand it’s a bit of an introduction to the Joker, it’s a bit more of a supporting part than maybe it could have been if they had used everything. But they have a method to their madness.”

Suicide Squad cast
Skwad Will Smith, Margot Robbie and DC new team of antiheroes. Image Picture Warner Bros

In an interview with Digital Spy, Leto chillingly hinted that his Joker might be a child killer, before saying his return to the role isn’t up to him.

“I think this film is probably an introduction to this new iteration, new version of the Joker, but it really depends on how audiences respond to the Joker,” he explained.

“Were there any [scenes] that didn’t get cut? I’m asking you, were there any that didn’t get cut?”

Leto saved his darkest musings on the matter, however, for his chat with IGN.

“Were there any [scenes] that didn’t get cut? I’m asking you, were there any that didn’t get cut?” he said.

“There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie, I couldn’t even start. I think that the Joker… we did a lot of experimentation on the set, we explored a lot. There’s so much that we shot that’s not in the film.

“If I die anytime soon, it’s probably likely that it’ll surface somewhere. That’s the good news about the death of an actor is all that stuff seems to come out.”

As the IGN journalist was leaving the room he told Leto he hoped he didn’t die anytime soon, which the terse reply came back: “We all die.”

Bleak. When a movie role has you questioning your own mortality, you know things aren’t right.

Maybe there’s hope for Leto’s Joker on the Suicide Squad Blu-ray deleted scenes?

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn