Jared Leto’s movies include a lot of beloved classics. Films like Fight Club, American Psycho, and Requiem for a Dream shocked audiences with intense imagery and bold social commentary. But Leto once admitted that working with a certain legendary actor left him intimidated. Thankfully, he couldn’t even see his scene partner, making the process much smoother. Here’s the wild set of circumstances — and iconic star — Leto is referring to.
Jared Leto has become a divisive performer among fans and critics
Ever since he won an Academy Award for playing a transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club, Leto has developed a bit of a complex reputation. Many critics believe that movie might have been a strong opportunity to cast an actor from within the LGBTQ community. Alas, Leto won the role and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the 2013 film.
Additionally, Leto’s Method acting practices — particularly on the set of Suicide Squad — caused some to turn against him. Such extreme transformations made Leto perhaps one of the most divisive performers working today. Even his award-winning role in 2021’s House of Gucci continued this trend of fans and critics decrying his work.
The actor came face to face with an ‘intense’ co-star in this 2017 movie
On the set of Blade Runner 2049, Leto found himself in the intimidating position of starring opposite Harrison Ford. In the film, Leto plays the villainous Niander Wallace, the blind CEO of the Wallace Corporation. For the role, Leto had to wear contact lenses, which he told The Ellen DeGeneres Show he considered an asset for his performance.
“[The contact lenses] were very thick. So I couldn’t see much of anything, which is good because it was one less thing that I needed to worry about. … If I was a better actor, maybe I could have just pretended. But it was helpful. I also got to act with Harrison Ford. But I think if I had seen him, I would have needed a diaper because he’s very intense and a legend.”
Few actors can compare with Ford as far as his accomplishments in Hollywood. So it’s understandable that Leto might feel overwhelmed by the prospect of working with the Star Wars and Indiana Jones actor.
Jared Leto is a vampire anti-hero in Marvel and Sony’s ‘Morbius’
Blade Runner 2049 failed to become the box office hit many fans of the 1982 original wanted it to be. But Leto is trying his hand at a new franchise with his latest film, 2022’s Morbius. The movie is Sony’s second attempt to create a standalone franchise for a Spider-Man villain, following the success of 2018’s Venom and its 2021 sequel.
Based on the Marvel Comics character, Morbius follows Dr. Michael Morbius (Leto), as he tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease. Instead, he becomes a sort of “living vampire” who often finds himself facing off against the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in the comics. It’s unclear if that confrontation will happen on the big screen.