“Suicide Squad” director David Ayer is responding to The Hollywood Reporter‘s claims Jared Leto’s scenes were cut from the movie over his on-set antics and performance.
“That is inaccurate information. Not my words or actions,” he tweeted on Sunday in response to the claim.
The article alleges Warner Bros. execs were “not thrilled” by Leto’s on-set tactics, which included giving “gifts” to his co-stars — a dead rat for Margot Robbie, bullets for Will Smith, and a dead pig for the rest of the cast and crew.
Leto also claimed to have given out “used condoms” to the cast but later refuted the story in the press. A source claims Ayer too was unhappy with his performance, resulting in the Joker being absent for all of 10 minutes in the anti-hero ensemble movie. During promotion for “Suicide Squad”, the actor addressed how much of his performance did not make the final cut despite being featured heavily in marketing materials.
“In his defence, it was never really his movie but his attempt to ‘invent’ a place for himself in it backfired,” THR‘s source says.
THR also purports Leto tried to “kill” Todd Phillips’ “Joker” after learning Joaquin Phoenix would step into the role. The actor reportedly “complained bitterly” to his agent and music manager that Warner Bros. had strung him along with the promise of his own stand-alone Joker feature.
“How do you play the Joker you established following [Phoenix]? It kind of ends his Joker run,” a source tells THR.
Leto will not reprise his Joker role in the Harley Quinn spinoff “Birds Of Prey”; neither Leto nor Phoenix’s Joker is expected to appear opposite Robert Pattinson in “The Batman”.