Jared Leto Tried to Kill Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ Movie

Rumor has it, the ‘Suicide Squad’ actor asked his manager Irving Azoff to call the studio boss in an attempt to block the Todd Phillips project from being made.

AceShowbizJared Leto reportedly attempted to block the new “Joker” movie when he found out that he wouldn’t be in it. The actor was allegedly so mad that he urged his music manager, Irving Azoff, to call the boss of Warners parent company in an attempt to kill the Todd Phillips-directed film while it was still in development.

According to a scoop from The Hollywood Reporter, Leto who previously played the DC infamous clown in David Ayer‘s 2016 “Suicide Squad” also blamed his agents at CAA, who also coincidentally represent director Phillips. He felt wronged and allegedly complained that his agents should have fought harder for him.

The 47-year-old rocker, who won an Oscar for his role as a transgender woman in 2013’s “Dallas Buyers Club“, additionally accused Warners of stringing him along with promises of his own stand-alone movie, only to have his hope shattered when the studio signed on Joaquin Phoenix for a new big-screen adaptation.

The “Joker” movie has raked in over $619 million worldwide and sparked Oscar buzz, but Warners were initially reluctant to give the film a go as they were nervous about the direction that Phillips was going to take. They were unsure of the film’s dark tone and even hoped to discourage the filmmaker by giving him only small budget.

The 30 Seconds to Mars lead singer have since parted ways with Azoff and CAA, and found a new home at WME. While Warners kept mum, the actor’s camp denied the debacle with Joker movies played a part in his decision to switch agencies. The rep also insisted the actor still had a good relationship with Warners, pointing out that he just started filming the studio’s “Little Things” directed by John Lee Hancock.

While Leto continues to make movies with Warners, his days as Joker is believed to be over. He won’t return for “Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” and James Gunn‘s “The Suicide Squad“.

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