Building a reputation on intense method acting culminated in Jared Leto winning an Oscar for his supporting role in Dallas Buyers Club. He plays an HIV positive transgender woman who helps the film’s protagonist fight for the rights of HIV afflicted. Leto is notorious for going to great lengths to accurately portray a character which, under successful circumstances, is a positive, but, as in Suicide Squad (2016)-my choice for his career worst-it can sometimes lead to overacting. Now in Leto’s defense, he had the very difficult task of stepping into both Heath Ledger’s and Jack Nicholson’s shoes to play The Joker on film. Add to that, his film, about a rogue gallery of DC Comics’ villians banded together, is not very good, and it would have taken a miracle for Leto to come off well in Suicide Squad. That miracle doesn’t happen, and instead Leto’s performance is underwhelming, over-the-top, and superficial.

-Walter Howard

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