Just in case you didn’t know, Jared Leto has recently returned to acting (for the first time in about five years) in a role that sees him portraying a transsexual stricken with AIDS in the film Dallas Buyers Club. Leto is even garnering a lot of Oscar buzz for the aforementioned role. However, it seems that the Thirty Seconds to Mars rocker had a more personal experience with the disease prior to the role.
“I rented a room in a three-bedroom apartment and one of the rooms was rented by a man who was dying [of AIDS]. I was there during his final days.”
He recalled the way he felt when recalling this experience on set:
“I didn’t remember that until I was in the middle of the film and it hit me. I couldn’t believe I had this experience with this man who was incredibly gentle. It was actually in the first week of filming that I recalled this and it really affected me in a deep way…He was a wonderful person.”
After discussing the deeply affecting and heart-breaking experience, Leto opened up about losing thirty pounds for the role (which brought him to about 116 pounds). When E! News asked him how he was able to do it, this is what he said:
“I didn’t look in the mirror very much, except in the makeup trailer when they were going to work on me which seemed like it was always hours and hours of work. A girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do to put it together. It was unlike anything I had ever done before.
“This was something unique. It wasn’t just about the weight loss. It wasn’t just about the voice or the lose of the eyebrows or the heels. It was everything. I really fell in love with the character. It was my goal to represent a real person, not a cliché and not a stereotype but a real person.
“I feel like we’ve seen so much of that, the drag queen who is always the life of the party and always has a quick one-liner.I wanted there to be more than that.”
Kudos to Leto for working hard to bring a sort of authenticity to the role.
If you haven’t seen him and Matthew McConaughey in the Dallas Buyers Club trailer yet, you can do so here, but I’ll go ahead and say that I expect big and beautiful things from Leto and McConaughey in this movie. AIDS and HIV are not easy subjects to cover or struggle with and I’m glad both actors seem willing to portray that struggle in a serious light.
Source: E! News
Images From: Bubblews.com, E! Online
- Jared Leto Opens Up About Roommate Who Died From AIDS: “I Was There During His Final Days” (Forevervogue.com)