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Jared Leto Goes Shirtless Showing Off His Shredded Six-Pack & Talks Heath Ledger's Joker For Rolling Stone!

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Jared Leto covers the August issue of Rolling Stone!

With Suicide Squad about to hit theaters, it's no wonder Rolling Stone would want Jared Leto on their cover!

And while he easily could have taken the August issue as The Joker, the actor is quite simply him… well, in all his shirtless glory!

Related: Jared Goes Rock Climbing In Yosemite National Park

The 44-year-old has his INSANE six-pack on full display as he looks more shredded than ever, but it's inside the magazine that Jared really has our full attention.

Of course with his highly-anticipated performance as The Joker soon to be shown on big screens, he shared:

"The Joker is incredibly comfortable with acts of violence. I was watching real violence, consuming that. There's a lot you can learn from seeing it. Not every act of violence is committed with frenzy, either. I remember learning that. People can be calm. They've made their choice and go and do something, and it's not in a frenzy. It's methodical and sometimes even hypnotic and deliberate."

And Leto's also well aware of the footsteps he's following in. The cover star dished on Heath Ledger, the late actor who last filled The Joker's shoes:

"Heath did an impeccable, perfect performance as the Joker. It's one of the best performances ever in cinema. I had met Heath before. I didn't know him well, but he was a beautiful person."

It didn't affect his decision on whether or not to take the role though:

"I think had it only been portrayed by Heath and it was never a comic book, maybe I would have felt that would be inappropriate. But I thought that given the history, it was OK. The good thing about other people having done this is that you know what direction not to head in."

Very interesting!

Sounds like we'll have to watch and see! Though it wasn't all work for the Oscar-winner in his interview!

Jared also touched on love, kids, and well, drugs. Keep reading for more HIGHlights (below):

On keeping his love life private: "Even if I was in a relationship or maybe if I was having kids, I don't know if I would share that information publicly. You know what I've learned about women? I know absolutely nothing about women. The older I get, it's just people. I just see people.""

On being a bachelor and maybe having a kid: "It's just how things are. I don't think there's a definitive decision that I've made. Someone could always come up to a show and give me a little surprise visit. 'Dad?' In a way, that would be kind of fucking beautiful. What an incredible surprise that would be!"

On pursuing music as an actor: "There were so many people that didn't understand. There were people in this town who thought it was insane. There were films that I decided not to do because I had tiny little tours, and people would just lose their minds. And some of them turned into the biggest movies ever made."

On dying young: "It's a pretty common thought, especially for any maniacal narcissist. And if you live a life with some risk, or have seen people die young, it's easier to understand that could be a possibility."

On his experience with drugs: "I did them, lots of them. A lot of them were really fun. There are just those few that tend to kick you in the ass. I guess at some point, too, there's a decision: Is this going to be my life? I made a choice to pursue other dreams. I guess that's just the kind of fucked thing about a lot of drugs: The opportunity cost is too high. Some drugs are incredible, but the risk versus reward is out of line. I just saw too many examples of what not to do."

And as you might have imagined, there's WAY more in the full interview. You can read the whole thing HERE.

Be sure to ch-ch-check out a peek at his spread in the gallery (above) first!

[Image via Rolling Stone.]

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