In 2016, he played the DC Comics supervillain Joker in the DC Extended Universe film Suicide Squad.
He uses a pick 90 percent of the time, 9 percent he’ll pluck away with his fingers for moodier parts, and 1 percent is where you’ll see him make a fist a hammer his bass during the second verse of “Miss Murder.” This new Fender American Professional Series P is the “party” bass that’s tuned to down a whole step and is relegated for the oldest material.
Leto played supporting roles in The Thin Red Line (1998), Fight Club (1999) and American Psycho (2000), as well as the lead role in Urban Legend (1998), and earned critical acclaim after portraying heroin addict Harry Goldfarb in Requiem for a Dream (2000).
He later began focusing increasingly on his music career, returning to acting with Panic Room (2002), Alexander (2004), Lord of War (2005), Lonely Hearts (2006), Chapter 27 (2007), and Mr. In 2012, he directed the documentary film Artifact.
He often remains completely in character for the duration of the shooting schedules of his films, even to the point of adversely affecting his health.
Leto is the lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter for Thirty Seconds to Mars, a band he formed in 1998 in Los Angeles, California, with his older brother Shannon Leto.