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‘Suicide Squad’: Jared Leto Addresses How Many Joker Scenes Were Cut

Spoiler alert: This post contains plot details from “Suicide Squad.”

Jared Leto put a lot of work into developing his Joker character in “Suicide Squad,” but fans will not be seeing much of it on the big screen.

Half-way through the film, Joker’s helicopter crashes, and he doesn’t resurface until the final scene. When asked by IGN what happened, Leto responded, “That’s a good question.”

“I have no idea,” he said. “I think he probably went and had a drink or something. Stretched – once you get blown up in a helicopter your muscles get a little tight.”

While Leto initially seemed calm, his poker face went away when asked if he was upset about the scenes being cut.

“Were there any that didn’t get cut? I’m asking you, were there any that didn’t get cut? There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie, I couldn’t even start,” he said. “If I die anytime soon, it’s probably likely that it’ll surface somewhere. That’s the good news about the death of an actor is all that stuff seems to come out.”

Rolling Stones critic Peter Travers called Leto’s role “a glorified walk-on,” while Variety’s Peter Debruge described his appearance as “grafted on.”

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But while Leto’s tattooed Joker may only appear in “Suicide Squad” under 15 minutes, he does get his shine elsewhere.

He appears alongside Rick Ross in the music video for “Purple Lamborghini” by Skrillex. The video features the Joker and Ross tearing through the streets of Gotham City in a Lamborghini, stopping to spend some time in a creepy, dimly-lit nightclub full of women and masked hit men as well as scenes of the crew taking in the glory of Gotham on a boat.

In response to the “Suicide Squad” deleted scenes, director David Ayer said the Blu-ray version has over 10 minutes of deleted scenes and responded with a “maybe” when asked if they featured the Joker and Harley Quinn.

“Suicide Squad” is currently in theaters as of August 5.

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