[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”30782″ img_size=”900×500″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]The idea of doing a solo “Joker” film reportedly upset Suicide Squad actor Jared Leto. After more box office success news (has already made over $600 million so far) of DC’s Elseworld tale “Joker” starring Joaquin Phoenix, a report from The Hollywood Reporter says that apparently Jared Leto did not take too kindly of WB to create a film without him:
“According to sources familiar with Leto’s behavior, when the Oscar-winning actor learned of the Phillips project, he not only complained bitterly to his agents at CAA, who also represent Phillips, but asked his music manager, Irving Azoff, to call the leader of Warners parent company (it’s unclear whether it was Time Warner’s Jeff Bewkes or AT&T’s Randall Stephenson, depending on the timing). The idea was to get Warner Bros. to kill the Phillips film.”
This report does provide more information, but it isn’t the first time Jared Leto has shown his frustrations with the Suicide Squad film. It was reported after the release and later confirmed in interviews by Jared Leto that they shot enough Joker scenes for their to be its own film. Jared Leto also mentioned during this time that these scenes were some of his favorites in any film he has worked on. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a source in Leto’s camp denies that the actor made this request, and Azoff declined to comment, but a person with knowledge of the situation says Azoff never made the call. Azoff and Leto have since parted ways.
THR also reported that Warner Bros. was not too fond of Jared Leto’s attempt of method acting of giving cast members questionable gifts such as “live rats”, and supposedly the director was not pleased with the Jared Leto performance as Joker is only in the Suicide Squad movie for 10 minutes. Despite all of the controversy, Leto’s representative says the actor is still happily working with Warner Bros. and notes that he’s currently shooting John Lee Hancock’s Little Things, starring alongside Rami Malek and Denzel Washington.
Meanwhile, Leto’s unhappiness over the Phillips project seems to have helped end an already strained relationship between Leto and CAA. Sources say the actor felt his agents should have told him about the Phillips project earlier and fought harder for his version of Joker. Sources say Leto told his agents that they should stop the rival project, arguing that he wasn’t being treated properly as an Oscar winner (for Dallas Buyers Club).
After all the controversy, do you believe Jared Leto’s Joker is finished? Do you believe Jared Leto deserves another shot at the Clown Prince of Crime role? Let us know in the comments.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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