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’Suicide Squad’: Jared Leto Wanted Film to Be Rated R

His relative lack of scenes may be partially explained by the PG-13 rating.

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If you noticed that Jared Leto’s Joker doesn’t factor as heavily into “Suicide Squad” as many were expecting, there may be a specific reason for his relative absence. Several of the actor’s scenes were cut from David Ayer’s comic-book ensemble, which Leto himself is now saying that he wishes hadn’t been constrained by a PG-13 rating: “It felt like, if a film was ever going to be rated R, it should be the one about the villains.”

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“I brought so much to the table in every scene,” Leto adds in his interview with Edith Bowman of Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review. “I wanted to give a lot of options. I think there’s probably enough footage in this film for a Joker movie if I were to die tomorrow. Maybe the studio would roll something out — a rated-R or rated-X performance in there somewhere…I always wished this film was rated R. I actually said that when we were starting it.”

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Based on his comments, one might reasonably conclude that the PG-13 rating and apparent lack of Joker scenes may be linked.

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