Jared Leto on Gaining Weight to Play the Joker in ‘Suicide Squad’

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Jared Leto is set to play the iconic villain role of The Joker in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.

In an interview with Billboard, the 30 Seconds to Mars star and Oscar winner talked about gaining weight in preparation for the role.

“Do you mind if I eat a little?” Leto asked during the interview before diving into his vegan tacos. “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.”

Hmm. He could probably gain a little more weight if he ate something a little more “meaty” than Vegan tacos.

Back to Suicide Squad. So what attracted Leto to the role in the first place?

“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.”

Directed by David Ayer and co-starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Joel Kinnaman, Suicide Squad will open on 5 August 2016.