Jared Leto recently sat down with EW and discussed his role as the Joker in Suicide Squad. Leto told EW “The work that’s been done on this character by so many people before me has been so impactful, so incredible, so much fun, so profound, so risky, that it’s a very special thing to be asked to take on that responsibility,” he said. “You just knew you had to do something different. You had to make it your own. That happens all the time.”
He continued, “Whether you’re a composer working on a piece of music that was written a century ago, or you’re an actor on stage, reinterpreting a play, it’s very common these days. Directors take on great works of cinema, actors reinterpret roles, that’s been going on for a great deal of time. From Scarface to Hamlet. In some ways it’s really interesting to reinterpret, redefine.”
Suicide Squad opens on August 5th.