Nick Romano
February 20, 2016 AT 05:40 PM EST

Jared Leto went to great lengths to get into character as the Joker. Speaking with Vanity Fair, Viola Davis revealed one more example — he gifted the cast of Suicide Squad a dead pig. 

“He did some bad things, Jared Leto did. He gave some really horrific gifts,” she said. “He had a henchman who would come into the rehearsal room, and the henchman came in with a dead pig and plopped it on the table, and then he walked out. And that was our introduction into Jared Leto.”

Leto employed the Method method of acting for his role in Suicide Squad. This involved him sending bullets to Will Smith (playing Deadshot), a rat to Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), and a mysteriously wrapped package to Jay Hernandez (El Diablo). 

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“Now I’m terrified this is a person thinking, ‘Is he crazy?’ But the second part was, ‘Oh s–t. I gotta have my stuff together,'” Davis, who plays Amanda Waller, continued. “You talk about commitment and then he sends Margot Robbie a black rat. It was still alive in a box. She screamed, and then she kept it.” 

 

We’ll see how this preparation pays off when Suicide Squad hits theaters on Aug. 5. 

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