Jared Leto: Gaining “A Lot of Weight” To Play the Joker for ‘Suicide Squad’

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Is it Method Acting or binge eating? Jared Leto is gaining “a lot of weight” to play the Joker in the upcoming superhero series, “Suicide Squad”.

Jared Leto recently spoke with Billboard magazine about his new diet for the upcoming ‘Suicide Squad’ movie.

“Do you mind if I eat a little?” Jared Leto asked Billboard during an interview for our new cover story, out Friday. “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.” (Case in point: Leto was eating vegan tacos during the interview, which are hardly the fattiest food on the market.)

This is not the first time Jared Leto gained or lost weight for a movie. Jared Leto won an Academy Award for losing nearly 60 pounds for the movie Dallas Buyers Club. In addition, Jared Leto gained weight for the Chapter 27 by eating microwaved ice cream.


“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.”

‘Suicide Squad’ will film in Toronto, Canada in the next few weeks.

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