Few things in life are certain, but one guarantee is that when an actor is cast as a Batman villain, they’re going to go to the most extreme ways to get into character. And then they will do no less than 74 different interviews about their involvement in the role.
Paul Dano, who plays The Riddler in The Batmanreleased on Friday, stayed true to that centuries-old tradition by choking on plastic wrap and then talking with The Hollywood Reporter. the THR The profile, published on Wednesday, begins with the absurd (but admittedly compelling) sentence: “In pursuit of his art, Paul Dano wrapped his head in Saran Wrap last year.”
Saran’s wrap was Dano’s idea, a way to convey her character’s meticulousness when it comes to committing gruesome murders. “The thoroughness of this person, the almost manic detail he puts into the plot – I was like, ‘OK, well, should I just shave all my hair off? “, Said the actor. “So there is no proof.” Instead, he decided that the serial killer deranged by the accountant would cover his head with Saran film. Director Matt Reeves was apparently totally okay with the idea, considering Dano looked even scarier in his army combat mask with plastic sticking out of the top.
But when it came time to film, Dano turned bright red, nearly passing out from lack of oxygen and the heat trapped inside the plastic. Yet he refused to do without what he had considered an essential part of his costume. After all, he’s the guy who, later in the profile, explains that he tried on hundreds of pairs of glasses to find the right look. “I’m not the guy who says, ‘If you don’t see my feet in the picture, I’m going to put on more comfortable shoes,'” Dano said. THR. “That’s just not how it works.” So he punched a few air holes in the Saran movie, and he stayed.
The new interview comes just weeks after Dano was criticized online for speaking out about the intensity of his preparation for the role. the Love & Mercy the actor said Weekly entertainment that he spent several sleepless nights while struggling to separate himself from his troubled character. The quote quickly circulated on Twitter, with people wondering why the actors playing Batman’s villains seem to be getting away with it for no apparent reason. Dano then clarified during a hello america It seems that although he sometimes struggled to recover from a grueling day of filming, playing The Riddler had no lasting effect on his psyche.
Despite Dano’s reassurances, there is precedent where Batman villains are driven into insomnia by the stress of their roles. For his Oscar-winning role as The Joker in The black Knight, Heath Ledger slept an average of only two hours a night. In a 2007 interview with the New York Times, he even confessed to turning to Ambien to help him sleep during filming. Ledger went through a comprehensive method of fully inhabiting the Joker, isolating himself in a hotel room for months, keeping a journal of his character’s backstory, and practicing his most menacing psychopathic laugh.
But no comic book movie star comes close to Jared Leto when it comes to over-the-top acting method. For 2016 suicide squad, Leto spent hours visiting psychiatric wards and talking to violent criminals. He reportedly remained in Joker persona 24/7, with co-star Will Smith claiming that in their six months of filming together he never met the real Leto. Most notably, Leto harassed the other cast members with deranged and disgusting gifts “from” The Joker; Viola Davis and Margot Robbie said in interviews that he sent Robbie a live rat. He also sent the entire cast a dead pig, switchblades, anal beads and used condoms. All this, and suicide squad wasn’t even a good movie.
Leto has since denied sending Robbie the rat, saying in a QG maintenance, “That’s just not true. I actually gave it a lot of – I found this place in Toronto that had great vegan cinnamon rolls and it was a very common thing.” (It’s unclear how the Harley Quinn actress could have mistaken the cinnamon rolls for a rat, so we call bullshit on Leto’s attempt at damage control, but whatever.)
While varying in intensity, all of these tales of Batman actors going the extra mile have one thing in common: they seem utterly pointless. People play murderer all the time without risking suffocation or traumatizing their co-stars with animal carcasses. In the immortal words of Laurence Olivier, “Why don’t you try to act?”