Jared Leto to Pack on Muscle for Joker Role

Jared Leto as Joker (Devianart)
Jared Leto as Joker

The Joker is usually portrayed as lean and vicious. While many, myself included, would’ve considered Leto’s current physique as ideal for the role, David Ayer, director of the upcoming ‘Suicide Suad,’ apparently doesn’t agree. He has ordered Jared Leto to bulk up.

In a recent interview with Billboard, Jared revealed he needed to gain weight for the film:

“Do you mind if I eat a little?” Jared Leto asks Billboard during an interview for [their] new cover story, out Friday, Feb. 20. “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.)

The last time Jared Leto had to undergo a body transformation was for the role of Rayon, a transgender in the film Dallas Buyers Club. That role netted him an Oscar. The Academy award winner reveals why he decided to take on the role of the Clown Prince of Crime, even after having such big shoes to fill (Heath Ledger):

“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.”

What are your thoughts on the change of physique? Do you think the body type wanted by Ayer is any indication of the direction the film will take with the Joker (perhaps a more physical and agressive version)?