Jared Leto wants to set the record straight.
You may have heard some ugly rumors about his behavior on the set of Suicide Squad. Some unscrupulous individuals have been spreading lies, claiming that Leto was a nightmare to work with, constantly mailing his costars used condoms, live rats, and a dead pig, among other unsavory items.
Jared wants you to know that this is all false. He was nothing but hard-working on the set of this movie, as with all his projects, and at the end of shooting, as part of the wrap party, Jared gave his costars some very tasteful gifts that they all thought were very funny. It was all a little silly joke, and Leto didn’t send any condoms to anyone, promise!
And also, it wasn’t Jared Leto at all, it was his assistant! His hands are clean, and people should stop thinking that he’s a creepy weirdo.
This statement comes more than a year after Suicide Squad debuted in theaters, and long after everyone collectively decided that Leto is a freaky weird guy who shouldn’t be left alone near children – not for his (fairly stupid) portrayal of The Joker, but because he’s clearly a really annoying person to have to spend time with.
Jared’s trying, a little too late, to do damage control on his reputation. It also doesn’t help that he’s trying to convince us that he’s not weird on movie sets, immediately after discussing in an interview about how he deliberately blinded himself in order to play his character in Blade Runner 2049.
“On set, we were all laughing. People were thrilled to [receive their gifts]. Whatever the Joker would give, was the idea. I didn’t really even put them together, basically. It was my team and my assistant. We were all having fun with it. It was really touching.
“It doesn’t matter how loud you shout or hold up a sign with your pants off in Times Square — people will run the story that they want.”
Let’s leave to one side the fact that Jared Leto thinks that taking his pants off and yelling at people in Times Square is a smart way to convince people that he’s not weird.
Instead, let’s focus on the main argument here – Jared Leto was just having a joke with his costars, right at the end of filming, and everybody thought it was a really good time.
This seems a little suspicious, not least because these “rumors” that Leto is protesting against didn’t come out of nowhere.
His costars literally stated categorically that they received used condoms from Leto.
Here’s a quote from Joel Kinnaman, who played Rick Flag:
“He gave me some presents as the Joker. He gave me a couple of used condoms.”
That’s Kinnaman’s exact quote, as can be seen in the video below. It’s probably best just to watch the whole clip if you can, as you see him, Will Smith, and Jai Courtney visible tense up when they hear the interviewer mention Jared Leto.
According to Will Smith in the same clip, Jared Leto was not fun to be around; constantly refusing to break character (so presumably charging around at all times pretending to be Ace Ventura), isolating himself from the rest of the cast, and sending these weird presents throughout the whole of the shoot, without warning, and without anyone thinking that it was funny.
Here’s how Viola Davis describes one of these “gifts”:
“He had a henchman who would come into the rehearsal room, and the henchman came in with a dead pig and plopped it on the table, and then he walked out. And that was our introduction into Jared Leto.”
So this wasn’t some cute wrap party joke – Jared was doing this throughout filming, right from the rehearsal stage, and certainly wasn’t around to see whether or not people thought it was funny.
There’s a moral to this story, that strangely, needs to actually be verbalized.
If you don’t want people to think that you mail used condoms to your coworkers, then you shouldn’t mail used condoms to your coworkers.
This, clearly, is a lesson that Jared Leto hasn’t learned yet. His weak attempts to clear his name of this disgusting behavior are a little pathetic this late after the fact, and he’s always going to go down in history, not as the worst Joker necessarily, but certain the most disappointing incarnation of the character.
If there’s a second moral to this story, it’s this: we should all probably stay away from movies with Jared Leto in them. If he’s inflicting this kind of torture on his coworkers regularly, then we should do everyone in Hollywood a favor by killing his box office returns so nobody will hire him again.