Jared Leto takes method acting to a whole new level. The actor reportedly hung out with murderers and psychopaths in preparation for his role in “Suicide Squad.”

The Academy Award-winning actor might be playing The Joker in “Suicide Squad” but he is in no way treating the role as a joke. According to Entertainment Weekly, Leto did a lot to prepare for his DC role.

“To the Joker, violence is a symphony,” Leto told Entertainment Weekly. “This is someone who gets an extreme reward from the act of violence and manipulation…he is very in tune with what makes people tick. I did meet with people that were experts, doctors, psychiatrists that dealt with psychopaths and people who had committed horrendous crimes…then I spent some time with those people themselves, people who have been institutionalized for great periods of time.”

“I knew I had to be committed as much as possible,” the actor said. “I had to be committed beyond belief. And I did what I needed to do and deliver the best I possibly could…The work that’s been done on this character by so many people before me has been so impactful, so incredible, so much fun…so risky, that it’s a very special thing to be asked to take on that responsibility.”

Meanwhile, according to IGN, “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer had “very specific ideas” about this version of the Clown Prince of Crime. “The Joker has a lot of different looks…built from the looks throughout the history of DC Comics. But [the “Suicide Squad” version has] a new sort of flair and flavor on him so he does feel like a modern-day gangster, because… he’s always been a gangster,” Ayer said.

You can catch Leto as The Joker when his movie comes out. “Suicide Squad” will be hitting the big screen on August 5.