Jared Leto made what some see as a rather distasteful reference to Heath Ledger in a recent interview, claiming extra footage of his Joker performance surfacing after his death would be "good news".
The Requiem for a Dream actor and 30 Seconds to Mars frontman plays the Joker in Suicide Squad, the latest DC Comics film to hit cinemas and face a severe mauling by critics.
Outrageous reports of the method actor carrying out hijinks such as sending used condoms and dead animals to co-stars during production began surfacing last year.
In a new interview with IGN, Leto bemoans how many of his scenes were cut out of the final theatrical version of the film.
"Were there any that didn't get cut? I'm asking you, were there any that didn't get cut?" asked Leto.
"There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie, I couldn't even start. I think that the Joker - we did a lot of experimentation on the set; we explored a lot. There's so much that we shot that's not in the film."
In what he must have known would be perceived as a reference to Ledger, the Australian actor who tragically died shortly after his acclaimed turn as the Joker in The Dark Knight, Leto made a morbid comment about his own demise.
"If I die anytime soon, it's probably likely that it'll surface somewhere. That's the good news about the death of an actor is all that stuff seems to come out," he told IGN.
Suicide Squad is in cinemas now.