Is Jared Leto Trying To Fatten Up For His Role As The Joker?!

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Jared Leto was a surprising choice to follow in the footsteps of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger as the next big screen Joker.

But then again those were unexpected choices as well!

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So what is this Oscar winner going to bring to the role? Um, weight.

In a recent interview, Jared told Billboard he was trying to fatten himself up for the part! He explained:

“I’m trying to gain a lot of weight. It means I have to eat every couple of hours — and I’m terrible at eating a lot.”

It may be difficult, but Jared has actually put on a lot of weight for a role before — when he played John Lennon‘s killer Mark David Chapman in the film Chapter 27:

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So we don’t doubt Jared can do it. Our question is WHY???

The Joker in the comics and cartoons is so skinny! He’s not chunky or even buff. We thought Jared had the look down perfectly!

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But the 30 Seconds To Mars singer has his own ideas about the character — and he’s excited about them! He said:

“The opportunity to take on this nearly Shakespearean character — that’s what graphic novels and comic books are becoming, right? [He’s] this beautiful disaster of a character — what a big challenge.”

Yes, a big challenge, but in a very SLIGHT frame. Right?

Oh well.

No one had any idea what the late Heath Ledger was going to do either, and that ended up being brilliant!

[Image via Adriana M. Barraza/WENN and Vitagraph Films.]

Feb 20, 2015 7:30pm PDT

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