Jared Leto is speaking out about taking on the role of The Joker after the late Heath Ledger won an Oscar for his performance in the role years earlier.
“Heath did an impeccable, perfect performance as the Joker. It’s one of the best performances ever in cinema. I had met Heath before. I didn’t know him well, but he was a beautiful person,” the 44-year-old actor told Rolling Stone of the late actor’s role in The Dark Knight. Heath passed away in 2008, just a few months before the film was released. The next year, he won an Oscar for his work in the film.
Jared also spoke about the decision to take on the role, and said he felt it was okay because others had previously played The Joker.
“I think had it only been portrayed by Heath and it was never a comic book, maybe I would have felt that would be inappropriate,” Jared said. “But I thought that given the history, it was OK. The good thing about other people having done this is that you know what direction not to head in.”
Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 6, 2016.
Lorde had an interesting experience in her Uber ride – her driver was impressed by a previous celebrity passenger, but not by her presence in the slightest!
“uber driver currently busting a nut about the fact that there was a ‘celebrity passenger’ just before me,” the 19-year-old entertainer wrote on her Twitter account. “i can tell our ride, by comparison, sparkles significantly less for him.”
Lorde doesn’t disclose who the previous celebrity passenger was, but she did tweet once more about her presence in the car.
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Jared Leto shows off his ripped shirtless body on the cover of Rolling Stone.
Here’s what the 44-year-old Suicide Squad star had to share with the mag:
On pursuing music as an actor: “There were so many people that didn’t understand. There were people in this town who thought it was insane. There were films that I decided not to do because I had tiny little tours, and people would just lose their minds. And some of them turned into the biggest movies ever made.”
On playing The Joker: “The Joker is incredibly comfortable with acts of violence. I was watching real violence, consuming that. There’s a lot you can learn from seeing it. Not every act of violence is committed with frenzy, either. I remember learning that. People can be calm. They’ve made their choice and go and do something, and it’s not in a frenzy. It’s methodical and sometimes even hypnotic and deliberate.”
For more from Jared, visit RollingStone.com.