Sometimes method actors can get a bit too method.
Take for instance, Jared Leto as the Joker on the set of Suicide Squad.
At first, things sounded relatively harmless with the story of Margot Robbie being given a pet rat. That was fine. Joker gave Harley Quinn hyenas in the cartoon.
Then things just got…uncomfortable. Or, at least, I can imagine that some of these Joker inspired “gifts” would have made the set a little uncomfortable.
Maybe it’s just me and my horrific second hand embarrassment, but the tales from this set have been making me cringe.
Not making me cringe is Viola Davis.
She was having none of this. At all.
In a interview with E! News, Davis was totally candid about her displeasure over Leto’s “gift” to her and that she nearly maced him.
The gift? It was a box of bullets.
Davis said: “It was a little worrisome. It made you a little bit nervous and I’m pretty tough. You know I got into a few fights when I was growing up…but it scared me a little bit.”
If these things are going to make your co-stars scared, then you really shouldn’t be doing them. A set, or at least the few I’ve been on, should not be a place where your actors are scared to be there.
Leto’s method held on set, where he stayed in character throughout the shoot.
Davis continued: “Before that I was only introduced to The Joker…and I almost had my pepper spray out. You know, ‘You remember that bullet you sent me?’”
In the past, Davis admitted that she would have set her husband on him and that she didn’t receive any of the gifts. Of course, I would be uncomfortable saying anything as well. So I feel you, Viola.
Suicide Squad comes out in August.