There are actors, then there are actors turned singers. Jared Leto - the actor, singer-songwriter, and director is one such name. His efforts for 'Suicide Squad' role is completely appreciable. Not only this, he has gone through a massive transformation for his roles earlier as well.
Here is a list of things Jared has done to deliver the perfect characters to the audience.
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Joker is considered as one of the most iconic characters of all time and Leto had to stand to the performances of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. It comes to no surprise that Leto felt the need to go deeper and he did it in his own way. He gave weird gifts to his fellow actors, such as an envelope full of bullets to Will Smith and a love letter to Margot Robbie's character Harley Quinn with a live black rat.
According to Will Smith, Leto was so much inside the Joker role that he never spoke to them. Will said - "I never actually met Jared because he was always quiet and never spoke a word. We worked together for six months and we never exchanged a word outside of action and cut."
While playing the role of a drug addict in Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem for a Dream" it was rumored that Leto gave up sex to get in the role. He was dating Cameron Diaz at that time. Then to gain the weight back, he ate fish which he'd caught on the beach in Portugal. Who wouldn't do it after a hectic day?
It wasn't just sex which Leto gave up. He dropped a shocking 25 pounds to give his character the required physique. His endurance paid off and he received mass appreciation but Jared told that it came at a price. He was always in a state of hunger and started to faint on the sets.
To get into the character of a drug addict who was lost in life while stumbling through the streets of Brooklyn, Leto tried to live in the streets. He recalls that it was fascinating to get that close to drug addiction and heartbreaking to see what people have to go through.
In 'Chapter 27' Leto played the role of Mark Chapman, the disturbed Beatles fan who assassinated John Lennon. Leto gained 62 pounds by eating the usual pizza and pasta gut-busters as well as melted ice-cream mixed with olive oil and soy sauce for maximum bloat.
While Leto's role was praised by everyone it came at a cost - including being in a wheelchair for the pain. He got gout and the cholesterol went up so fast.
To lose all the weight which he had gained, Leto went on a liquid diet and straight away said NO to solid food for 10 days continuously. He told Jimmy Kimmel that he'd been doing it ever since and just had lemons, cayenne pepper, and water.
When Leto was directing a music video for 'The Kill', a song which Leto recorded with his band 30 Seconds To Mars, he claimed that the video's director was "an obnoxious Danish albino named Bartholomew Cubbins."
He explained later that he did it because he wanted people to enjoy the video without any pre-conceived notions or distractions.
To play the role of a transgender woman in his Oscar-winning flick "Dallas Buyers Club" Leto dropped 30 pounds (it's huge) and he also waxed his entire body from head to toe. Just the same way as he did earlier, he stayed in character the entire time and maintained a strict grooming schedule.
Hats off, man!