Jared Leto sent Margot Robbie a live rat as a gift because he’s so method

Jared Leto

Jared Leto’s Oscar statuette is still almost brand new, but he wants another one. His Joker role in Suicide Squad might lead to another nomination, depending on how good the film itself turns out to be. I think he looks like a disaster in costume, which is fitting for the part. But this Joker seems to try too hard. Then again, I’m only basing this assumption on Jared’s official character still and set photos like this one.

Jared’s so serious about this role that co-star Jai Courtney says he never breaks character no matter what. 24 hours a day, Jared is the Joker. Now he’s done something so method that Shia LaBeouf probably regrets not nabbing this stunt first:

Jared Leto is quite the gift giver. His Suicide Squad co-stars received letters and presents after the Oscar winner wasn’t around much when they first started prepping the movie.

“He sent [Margot Robbie] a nice love letter with a black box with a rat in it — a live rat,” Adam Beach, who plays Slipnot in the Warner Bros. film, told me. “It was beautiful. Then he sent bullets to Will [Smith] with a letter.”

Talk about method gift-giving.

The cast also received a video and — get ready for it! — a “dead hog.”

“Basically, what he said was, ‘Guys, I can’t be there but I want you to know I’m doing my work as hard as you guys,’” Beach said. “The video he showed is in character. It blew our minds away. Then we realized that day, this is real.”

Seeing Leto as the Joker in person for the first time also sounded like a trip. “He encompasses this beautiful man and he shows it in, ‘Hello, how are you?,’ but in an instant, he goes to psychotic behavior where you’re in fear,” Beach said. “But you love him because he has both of those genuine sides.”

[From E! Online]

This is a really gross story, but it’s easy to believe. This was Jared’s way of acting method even before he arrived on set! God, method actors are so exhausing. Saving it for the cameras seems like a better bet. What if Jared did the most Joker thing ever, and no one ever saw it happen? Then the moment would be wasted.

Speaking of Margot Robbie, a story in this week’s issue of Star says she’s under pressure to lose 20 pounds. The nebulous powers-that-be informed her that she must drop some weight in order to become an A-lister. Margot loves her spaghetti bolognese, so she reportedly told her critics to shove it. Good.

Margot Robbie

Jared Leto

Photos courtesy of David Ayer on Twitter/WarnerBros/DC & Pacific Coast News, Fame/Flynet & WENN

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  1. INeedANap says:

    Or you could just, you know, act. Instead of going Method.

    And Margo Robbie looks amazing. Hollywood’s obsession with SKINNY SKINNY SKINNY AT ALL COSTS is becoming rage-inducing. She is slender but like she could still kick someone’s butt.

    • Anne tommy says:

      Second both of those views

      • Liv says:

        The only one who gets a pass is Christian Bale. That said if you have to live the things your character went through you’re not acting.

    • Pixi says:

      This is insane to me. When I look at Margot I see perfection, why would you want her to lose weight? Same thing with Emma Stone when you look at her in SuperBad. She looked amazing, she still looks amazing, but she didn’t need to lose any weight.

      • Naddie says:

        True. I don’t know about you, but if I was in Hollywood, they’d lock me up in a spa and shove a liquid diet in me, like an emergency intervention. I say this considering this gorgeous woman is taller and thinner than me.

      • Pixi says:

        Absolutely same here. They would have to blindfold me and stick a clothes pin on my nose, because I would Hulk out if I smelled pizza and I couldn’t have it.

    • Shambles says:

      INeedaNap, yes yes yes to your first sentence. I’ve seen people get pretty irritated when others draw comparisons between his Joker and Heath Ledger’s Joker, but I think he brings it on himself to some degree. It was well known that Heath would try to find the place in himself that resonated deeply with whatever character he was playing, and embody that place for the duration of the role. This “soooo f^ckin’ method that I haven’t broken character in 3 months and I send my co stars live rats” thing makes him look like he’s trying way too hard to get to the place that Heath was able to find naturally. Heath was a method actor a la Daniel Day Lewis– it was a part of who he was. It’s not something you can force, and it seems like Jared is trying waaay too hard to force it. (Yes I am a Heath Stan, can’t help it)

  2. Katie says:

    I think Margot has a rocking body! She doesn’t need to lose 20 pounds. That’s gross. Just like Jared Leto is gross. Gorgeous but icky. Method acting is so creepy!! If he weren’t an actor, that kind of crap would land him in the psych ward.

    • Greek chic says:

      Margot’s body in these pics is so sexy.
      She looks amazing. Slim and toned.
      Whoever told her to loose weight is an idiot.

      • marie says:

        I was thinking lose weight from where? 20 pounds would kill her, all that eouls be left is skin and bones.

    • SnarkySnarkers says:

      Her body is amazing! Lose 20 lbs? Huh? I’m assuming “they” tell these girls to lose weight because they think skinny = more appealing/attractive? Unfortunately, it’s only in Hollywood that this is reality. Ask any red blooded man if he thinks this chick needs to lose weight. I guarantee the answer will be no. Also, anyone else feel like Jared is channeling Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone in this joker picture? #somethod

  3. jinni says:

    He probably just doing this in order to have his presence felt since unlike the rest of the cast that has gotten to bond and be a real team, he hasn’t been able to do that with them. This can affect their promotion of the movie when it comes out. Since so much of selling these kinds of movies comes down to how well the cast play off of each other during interviews. Look at the Avengers cast and how everyone loves the connection they have with one another that makes potential moviegoers want to see the movie. Maybe Jared is just making sure he isn’t the odd man out when it comes time to promote. Which could lead to tabs making up stories about how everyone got along except for him leading to negative press for the movie and a strike against his image which could make him lose out on future roles since he could get a rep of not being a team player.

    Plus unlike Shia, Jared is at least not starting fight with co-stars and blaming it on being method. Plus if you look on Jai Courtney’s instagram it looks like he and Cara liked the mouse, so I doubt anyone was traumatized by his surprise in the way Mia W wanted to quit the film she was doing with Shia because his antics were that unpleasant.

  4. msw says:

    I like rats. They are awesome pets. As long as they are invited.

    • Sister Carrie says:

      Rats ARE awesome pets. I love mine.

    • iheartjacksparrow says:

      Agree that rats are awesome. They are so smart and very loving. I had to quit having rat friends as I was getting a severe allergic reaction whenever I held them.

  5. Maya says:

    Never understood this whole method acting – yes you have to prepare for a role but it is just a role.

    No need to live and breathe it 24/7 excluding your normal life.

    Some day an actor/actress will take it too far, and will not be able to distinguish between what’s real and what’s fake, and commit a crime.

  6. Franca says:

    I find rats so so disgusting. Poor Margot.

  7. Nessa says:

    Sorry, but he’s kind of a tool.

  8. Jegede says:

    I would have maimed him if he pulled that with me.

    Don’t care about any ‘Method’ pretensions.

  9. Allie says:

    This whole production is just so over the top. Granted, I’m not familiar with these characters, but the screen shots of this movie make me want to point and laugh, then walk away. I feel like these actors think this movie will be the best selling one of all time, I’m just not feeling it.

  10. carol says:

    Hope his next role is a mute hermit

    • ichsi says:

      Bahaha! I usually don’t care much about rumours and blind items but I believe them all about Leto. He’s an a-grade creeper. The story with the rat only solidifies my perception of him.

  11. InvaderTak says:

    So now what happens to the rat? That was a stupid and disgusting stunt and I home it’s nit true.

  12. kri says:

    I am not a fan of “sending” any animal in box to anyone.He’s talented and everything, but what a jerk.Hope the rat is ok.

    • Hawkeye says:

      My thoughts as well. An animal needs love and care. I hope the rat has a home =(

    • Kath says:

      Yeah, that was my first reaction. What a d*ckhead.

    • laura in LA says:

      Yeah, MTE…a live rat and a dead hog?

      For someone who’s supposedly an animal activist and a vegan at that, this makes me think Jared’s a phony d-bag as well.

      Non-sensical sidenote: On the day of the Oscars for which he won, I saw him in line at Whole Foods buying, of all things, a whole carton of, like, two dozen hand sanitizers.

      Hmm…the guy’s weird, I’ll give you that, but something tells me he ain’t method acting here, just being his true, disgusting self.

      (Oh, by the way, Jared, Marilyn Manson called from the 90s, and he wants his “look” back.)

  13. Mila says:

    and what happened to the animal? i find it disgusting to send someone an animal. seriously.

    also i hate method actors. you are supposed to PRETEND not to live the role.

  14. Izzy says:

    Jared Leto seems like such a tool. Never understood why people thought he was so hot. If he had pulled that rat stunt with me I’d have sent it back with a note telling him to just show up and do his f*cking job if he wants to impress. Ugh.

    And margot Robbie is gorgeous. If she starts caving to pressure to lose weight, I’ll send her a lovely gift basket of pasta and cookies.

  15. cici says:

    Method actors are just being selfish. Especially when they seem to be attracted to tortured hero/asshole roles. So they feel like they can behave like an ass on set or otherwise inconvenience people by making them treat you like a president Lincoln.

    It can’t be that great for costars who might like a more collaborative method of working and actually discuss the character interaction or process actor to actor and don’t always want to talk to Joker instead of the actor Jared Leto.

  16. carol says:

    I can’t imagine Meryl Streep doing that.

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      She doesn’t need to because she has no reason to go method. She can act. ;-)

      Also, WHERE Margot supposed to lose 20 pounds? Idiots.

      • Don't kill me I'm French says:

        Even Meryl Streep uses the ” method”.She refused to talk to Hathaway and Blunt during ” the devil wears Prada” filming for example

  17. Naddie says:

    I think this mess will profit a lot, due to the appeal of comic characters and curiosity, but the movie itself looks crap and unecessary.

  18. Blythe says:

    Really, Jared? What a dick move. I couldn’t find that funny in any shape or form.

  19. Elfie says:

    I hope she doesn’t lose a pound, she’s perfect. I loved her in wolf of Wall Street and she looks great here. I hate when they get brittle and frail, it makes them all look elderly before their time.

    I really noticed how old and unattractive Matthew McConaghy looks with his emaciated frame and it struck me that it’s so rare to see a man in Hollywood starved like that but it’s expected of women. Then they need loads of plastic surgery to try to make their starvation induced, prematurely aged faces look younger and end up looking very weird.

  20. georgia says:

    I think you guys should take an acting class. It’s not as simple as “just act”. If it were then everyone would be an actor.

  21. db says:

    No wonder British actors are taking so many roles in American films, they’re professional, well trained and apparently free of method jerkiness.

  22. Wait! Jared Leto always makes it a point to let people know he is a ‘vegan’ and he is sending people live rats and dead hogs. What a tool!

  23. FLORC says:

    Leto is a bad person. He just is and appears to only be getting worse.
    He can act, but he’s so far up his own his talent gets lost in the the wake…. Thing is he’s not humble. He’s just an entitled prick who has others clean up his messes.
    And yes. What about the rat? Hope it found a decent home.

    Regarding Margot’s weight. It’s hilarious in an awful way how the hollywood powers will insert themselves into a rising stars life and tell them what they need to change to be a star. Part of Margot’s appeal was her healthy figure. Still hot and became a star without losing that weight. Go figure.

  24. Sassback says:

    It’s funny to me how he’s so very into his acting now. I remember reading an article about him some time ago where he said that his real passion was his band and that the acting was something he does to pay bills. Funny how acclaim can change things!


    It is weird that he has a band but doesn’t listen to music. How can you be in anything that creates music and not listen to music? Although…I would be hard pressed to say that what they play is music.

  26. Tiffany says:

    Unless you name is Daniel Day Lewis or Christian Bale. Just, no.

    And even with those two it is not that extreme. They might keep the accents or physical appearance of their characters but this over blown need to justify being an a- hole. Just, no.

  27. FingerBinger says:

    I don’t find anything wrong with method acting. Staying in character is fine. Sending a rat to someone is just being an a-hole.

  28. Anne says:

    Ugh, I can’t believe I had a crush on him 10 years ago. And the idiot who told Margot to lose weight can go and suck on that rat.

  29. Chaucer says:

    People so misunderstand method acting. It’s incredible how many actors alter method acting to where it’s no longer real method acting. It gives method acting a bad rep and usuly a knee jerk reaction.

  30. mayamae says:

    He looks like the creepy woman from Insidious.

    The animal pranks piss me off. Just how many dead hogs did he send the cast?

  31. Claire says:

    Margot Robbie has the sexiest body in Hollywood. PLEASE DON’T LOSE ANY WEIGHT!

  32. Jay (the Canadian one) says:

    A live rat is a pet. A dead hog I creepy.

  33. AppleAnna says:

    I am really pissed about that. As a pet rat owner and Joker fan since I was a little kid. Leto is just terrible. Rats are not props. I hope the rat is ok.

  34. Jessica says:

    Ugh, he’s already setting up his Oscar campaign. “I lived as the Joker, I’m so method, I’m so tormented, blah blah blah”.

  35. Goodnight says:

    I love rats (my favourite animals by far) but they’re intelligent and require a lot of attention and you can’t just give them as shock gifts. I hope that poor rat found a nice home and wasn’t just let go in an alley by some production assistant. God I can’t stand Jared Leto.

    I hate hollywood skinniness but I have to admit I was pretty wtf about the casting for Harley. I mean, she’s supposed to be an Olympic-tier gymnast so she’s meant to be very petite but strong. She’s a gorgeous woman, but it makes me think they’re not including the whole gymnast thing, which makes me think Harley is going to be very much the new Harley (who sucks) instead of classic Harley from BTAS with an updated look.

  36. Ben B says:

    He put an intelligent, living creature in a box? How evil. I hope the poor animal didn’t die and eventually found a good home.