Jared Leto describes the Joker as Shakespearean

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David Ayer’s Suicide Squad is getting as much hype as the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film by Zack Snyder, especially with Jared Leto playing the Joker. Margot Robbie previously hinted at what her accent is going to be like as Harley Quinn, and now we have Leto talking to Billboard , giving us some hits on what we can expect from his version of the Joker.

“The opportunity to take on this nearly Shakespearean character — that’s what graphic novels and comic books are becoming, right?” Leto says. “[He’s] this beautiful disaster of a character — what a big challenge.”

He then talks about how he wants to eat to gain weight.

“Do you mind if I eat a little? I’m trying to gain a lot of weight. It means I have to eat every couple of hours — and I’m terrible at eating a lot.”

The Joker has that iconic skinny build, so I’m hoping his comment about eating isn’t related to his role as the Clown Prince of Crime. However, the actor has been known to really get into roles. For example in Dallas Buyers Club, Leto lost 40 lbs to play his character. In Chapter 27, where he played John Lennon’s killer, he gained 67 lbs by eating ice cream every night.

Leto will be joining Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.

The film is expected to shoot starting in April.

Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5, 2016.

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