Attendees at the Toronto Film festival were shocked to see actor Jared Leto looking extremely gaunt and weighing no more than 114 pounds last night after coming to see the premiere of his latest movie “The Dallas Buyers Club.”
Jared Leto hadn’t made a film in five years (preferring to concentrate on his career as the frontman for the band Thirty Seconds to Mars), but he lost an astonishing 40 pounds to play Rayon, a transsexual with the HIV virus and then AIDS for his latest project,
“Losing that much weight changes the way you walk, the way you sit, the way you think,” he said. “It wasn’t an easy thing to do. It was 30 or 40 pounds. After a while I stopped counting.”
“The Dallas Buyers Club” is a deeply affecting drama about Ron Woodruff (played by Matthew McConaughey), a Texas electrician who has HIV but determines to go around the medical establishment in order to find treatment for himself and others affected with the virus. Leto plays his friend who initially tries the AZT drug, but eventually joins forces with Woodruff as he smuggles and sells alternative drugs from Mexico, while Jennifer Garner plays a doctor caught between her desire to help AIDS patients and following the rules of a slow-moving medical establishment.
It should be noted that McConaughey lost an equal amount of weight for his part as Woodruff by “staying home for weeks and carefully monitoring what was eaten.”
“You just make a decision,” he stated. Jennifer Garner plays a doctor caught between her desire to help AIDS patients and following the rules of a slow-moving medical establishment.
Jared Leto was born in Bossier City, LA, on December 26, 1971, and grew up “food stamp poor. He first gained prominence in 1994, playing Jordan Catalano in the teenage drama “My So-Called Life,” making the jump to the big screen in “How to Make an American Quilt,” co-starring with Wynona Ryder the following year (1995).
He has also played supporting roles in “The Thin Red Line” (1998) and “Girl, Interrupted” (again with Ryder) in 1999, as well as the lead role in the horror film “Urban Legend,” and merited critical acclaim after portraying heroin addict Harry Goldfarb in “Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream” (2000).Leto was later nominated for awards for such films as “American Psycho”, “ Highway,”, “Lord of War, Lonely Hearts”,, “Chapter 27”, and “Mr. Nobody.”