Jared Leto Is Attempting To Backtrack Those Insane Joker Stories Of Him Mailing His Co-Stars Dead Rats And Condoms

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Anyone who follows my writing or podcasting here at BroBible knows that I have such a disdain for Jared Leto that it’s become a bit. Part of it is because I think he’s wildly overrated as an actor — Leto tricks people into thinking that outlandish eccentricity is complex acting, which it’s not — and part of it is because, even five-plus years later, I’m still not over his truly and deeply horrible turn as Joker in Suicide Squad.

Not only was Leto’s performance awful, and not only was the movie itself an absolute dumpster fire, but reports of his on-set behavior — such as mailing co-stars dead rats and used condoms — made the Oscar winner seem like the absolute biggest overacting try-hard.

In the years since, the stories of those infamous gifts haven’t exactly aged all that well, and now Leto is attempting to set the record straight.

“99.9 percent of what people read is bullshit,” he says, adding that “there were no used condoms” or other salacious presents given to cast members like Margot Robbie and Will Smith, though Leto himself previously told a reporter that he presented “anal beads” and “used condoms” to “everybody” on the set of the film to “create a dynamic” and “an element of surprise” that would break down walls between new colleagues.

“Any of the very few gifts that were ever given were given with a spirit of fun and adventure and received with laughter, fun, and adventure. It’s all filmed! They filmed it all! People were dying. We were just having a goof… The only gifts I ever gave Margot were cupcakes. I think I gave her a mouse, and some of the other guys got gifts that you’d get as a joke at a party.” [via Entertainment Weekly]

Luckily for me, it appears that Leto’s given audiences another reason to dunk on him, as the first reviews of House of Gucci seem to be specifically dragging his performance through the coals.

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Eric is a New York City-based writer who still isn’t quite sure how he’s allowed to have this much fun for a living and will tell anyone who listens that Gotham City is canonically in New Jersey. Contact him eric@brobible.com