Oscar winner Jared Leto took drastic steps to get into character as The Joker in next year’s Suicide Squad film, according to his co-star Will Smith.
In an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 radio station, Smith revealed he still hasn’t officially met the real Leto because he took the comic book antihero role so seriously.
“I’ve never actually met Jared Leto,” Smith said, explaining that Leto never fell out of character during filming.
“We worked together for six months and we’ve never exchanged a word outside of ‘Action!’ and ‘Cut!’ I literally have not met him yet. So, the first time I see him will be ‘Hey, Jared. What’s up?’ He was all in on the Joker.”
This “all in” approach included sending his co-stars gifts from his character, including a fairly unusual delivery for co-star and on-screen love interest, Margot Robbie.
“He sent [Margot Robbie] a nice love letter with a black box with a rat in it—a live rat,” co-star Adam Breach told E! News earlier this year.
“It was beautiful. Then he sent bullets to Will [Smith] with a letter.”
This is not the first time 43-year-old Leto has taken extreme measures to prepare for a role.
For 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club, he dropped more than 13 kilograms and shaved his entire body.
Suicide Squad, which follows the exploits of a gang of devious super criminals working for the government, is due in cinemas August 2016.
You can see Leto’s work in the trailer below.