Any actor who takes on the role of the Joker simply needs to nail the laugh. Jack Nicholson did it pretty well, while Heath Ledger terrified millions during The Dark Knight’s homemade video clips where his Clown Prince interrogated victims who dressed up as Batman.
Jared Leto’s Joker laugh is going in a different direction. The Oscar winner has decided to craft his own unique approach to portraying the iconic Batman villain and we were given a taster of his laugh at the start of the most recent Suicide Squad trailer.
How did he perfect his Joker laugh? Well, while appearing on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Leto revealed that he refined his laugh while out and about in Toronto and New York, trying it out in restaurants, much to the discomfort and bemusement of fellow diners. Below is a clip of Leto describing his process:
“I worked on the laugh like walking around the streets of New York and Toronto,” said the Academy-Award winning actor.”
“I kinda walked around the streets and see what laugh would kind of get under peoples’ skin. If you hear someone laugh loud at a restaurant it’s a little jarring. I tried them out and I got to a place where I would laugh and people would turn around like, ‘Who is this creepy guy behind me?’”
There’s another unique piece of method acting to add to Leto’s list. We already know that he was down for sending his co-stars dead pigs and used condoms, but he also wasn’t above freaking out everyday citizens in New York and Toronto.
Official synopsis: It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realise they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?