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Jared Leto broke out another method acting technique for ‘Blade Runner 2049’
Oh god, Jared Leto is method acting again.
Are you excited for Blade Runner 2049, the stylish Blade Runner sequel from Arrival director Denis Villeneuve? If so, please prepare yourself for a month of Suicide Squad-level bullshit from Jared Leto, because he’s in this movie as well.
Leto plays a blind scientist named Niander Wallace, thought to be the film’s main antagonist. He wore opaque contact lenses for the role, a technique used by other actors like Daredevil‘s Charlie Cox when playing blind characters. But because this is Jared Leto, he had to make it a whole big thing.
“We all heard stories about Jared, how he transforms into the characters, but even this didn’t prepare me for what was to come,” Denis Villeneuve told the Wall Street Journal. “He entered the room, and he could not see at all. He was walking with an assistant, very slowly. It was like seeing Jesus walking into a temple. Everybody became super silent, and there was a kind of sacred moment. Everyone was in awe. It was so beautiful and powerful—I was moved to tears. And that was just a camera test!”
You heard it here first: Jared Leto wearing special contact lenses is just like meeting Jesus. Although for some reason, Maisie Williams didn’t get the same reception when she did exactly the same thing in Game of Thrones last year.
As for Leto’s own view of his latest method acting exploits, he was surprisingly low-key. He said he didn’t “dive as deep down the rabbit hole” as he did with previous roles, adding, “I’m crazy, but I’m not insane.”
Though, let’s not forget this is the same guy who said his Joker performance was “painful, like giving birth out of my prick-hole,” and infamously gifted his co-star Margo Robbie a live rat.
H/T to Indiewire
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested.