The professional frontier Denzel Washington Set with Jared Leto

When several legendary actors join forces on screen, it’s only natural for fans to wonder how things are off-screen. This was also the case when Oscar winners Denzel Washington, Jared Leto and Rami Malek starred in the controversial film “The Little Things” in 2021.

For those unfamiliar, the film saw Washington and Malek as detectives and Leto as a suspect in gruesome murders. Of course, the intense nature of the storyline didn’t create ideal circumstances for forming close friendships, let alone with a method actor like Leto.

“I stayed away from him [Leto]’ Washington told USA Today. “He respectfully stayed away from me. We bowed or nodded from across the freeway. Literally, one day we nodded to each other across the freeway.” The veteran actor also clarified that this distance was meant to keep their on-screen chemistry more realistic and was nothing personal — however, Washington made it clear that when Leto pulled off the stunt, would things have gone to the left real quickly.

Denzel Washington has no patience for gimmicks

Jared Leto is notorious for his on-set antics while filming Suicide Squad in 2016. For his role as the Joker, the actor sent his co-stars used condoms and anal beads to take on the role of the Clown Prince of Crime. Although he calls it method acting, others call it problematic behavior.

“He didn’t do any of that to me,” Denzel Washington told USA Today while discussing filming with Leto. “He would have been paid a visit. That wasn’t going to happen.” However, the actor was quick to express his respect for Leto’s dedication.

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“There’s a whole bunch of these younger actors and it’s fascinating to see them come up behind me,” said the veteran performer. “Unfortunately we lost one with Chad Boseman… But Jared is obviously one, and Rami [Malek] does great work. It’s inspirational and like a wake-up call. It’s like I have to pull myself together here. These guys don’t play.”

Jared Leto respects Denzel Washington very much

While Denzel Washington has made it clear that he has no tolerance for his The Little Things co-star’s antics, Jared Leto had nothing but positive things to say about his legendary on-screen partner. The actor-musician explained that Washington’s involvement was one of the main reasons he signed on to be in the film. However, he added that their relationship is formal in nature.

“When he walks into the room, it’s still ‘Denzel Washington’ to me. It’s not like ‘Hey, what’s up Denzel’. You know he’s ‘Mr. Washington,'” Leto told Variety’s Awards Circuit Podcast. “I just have a lot of respect for him. It’s not easy to do what he did. And what he’s done is he’s been great in every single film he’s ever done.”

It looks like Washington and Leto won’t be vacationing together anytime soon, but at least they have a working respect for each other as actors. Of course, it probably helps that Leto Washington never sent anal beads.