For Your Consideration: The Many Faces Of Jared Leto


Photo courtesy of Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times
Photo courtesy of Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times


Jared Leto is going to win an Oscar. Furthermore he’s going to deserve it.

If ever a performance was worthy of such an accolade, it’s Jared Leto’s portrayal of Rayon, in Dallas Buyers Club. To some, his transformation from 41 year old man to transgendered HIV patient may come as a shock, but the truth is, when Jared Leto commits to a role, Jared Leto commits to a role.

So come with me as I take you on a journey through time, and the many faces of Jared Leto.

Did you know that for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, Leto dropped 30lbs and was waxed from head to toe including his eyebrows?

The film Chapter 27 sees Leto as Mark David Chapman, the delusional and Catcher in the Rye obsessed man, who in 1980, murdered John Lennon.

In order to become Chapman, he gained 67lbs by consuming microwaved pints of ice cream, mixed with soy sauce and olive oil, every night.

This radical transformation is truly astonishing.

Mr. Nobody
is the 2009 sci-fi film in which Leto’s character, Nemo Nobody, is 118 years old and the last mortal on Earth after humanity conquers mortality through the endless renewal of cells thanks to their stem cell compatible pigs.

Using a nonlinear narrative, Nemo tells the story of his three great loves, and his significant life events at ages nine, fifteen and thirty four as well as incorporating alternate life paths that come with decisions made or not made at each of those moments in time.

I mentioned earlier in the piece that this was a journey through the various faces of Jared Leto, so it’s only fitting that I include some of his other work as well. Below is a slideshow, that shows just how many different faces, Mr. Leto has given us over the years.

Since his early beginnings on the small screen as Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life, Jared Leto has made movies and music with his band 30 Seconds to Mars, for all of his life. His dedication to both is unparalleled amongst other actor/musicians.
If you haven’t, I urge you to check out Dallas Buyers Club and see for yourself, why Jared Leto is going to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar on Sunday, March 2.

Sarah Goddard