David Ayer Denies Cutting Jared Leto’s Joker From ‘Suicide Squad’ Because of Bad Performance

David Ayer Denies Cutting Jared Leto’s Joker From ‘Suicide Squad’ Because of Bad Performance
David Ayer has taken to social media to deny a recent claim published by The Hollywood Reporter that alleges he cut Jared Leto’s screen time from the 2016 comic book tentpole “Suicide Squad” because he was unhappy with the Oscar winner’s performance as the Joker. “That is inaccurate information,” Ayer wrote in response to the THR article. “Not my words or actions.” IndieWire has reached out to Ayer’s representative for further comment.

The Hollywood Reporter story alleged that studio Warner Bros. was “not thrilled” with Leto’s on set antics while he was getting into character as the Joker. The actor infamously sent his co-stars gifts as his character, including a live rat to Margot Robbie and bullets to Will Smith. Leto also sent dead pigs to the “Suicide Squad” ensemble cast during rehearsal.

A “source with knowledge of the situation” told The Hollywood Reporter that Ayer “wasn
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