Jared Leto Claims Matthew McConaughey Made Him Want To Act Again, Opens Up About Roommate With AIDS
After taking a five year hiatus from acting where he really just focused on his music, Jared is finally bringing his talents back to the big screen as Rayon, an HIV-positive transsexual in the movie Dallas Buyers Club. If you haven’t seen the photos of Jared in character, look at them now.
So what does Matthew have to do with this? Well according to Jared, if Matthew was willing to take on a role like this, then he had to as well.
reporters, “It was an amazing role, it was an amazing script…but I have to say, Matthew McConaughey is doing something spectacular with his life [and] his career. I wanted to be a part of that. He’s doing the most incredibly inspiring work and I said, ‘If he’s willing to walk down this path, I have to get in the ring with him. That’s someone I have to dance with, am I right?’ I mean Christ…”
Still, the movie about the AIDS epidemic did hit home for Jared. He told E! News:
“I rented a room in a three-bedroom apartment and one of the rooms was rented by a man who was dying [of AIDS]. I didn’t remember that until I was in the middle of the film and it hit me. I couldn’t believe I had this experience with this man who was incredibly gentle. It was actually in the first week of filming that I recalled this and it really affected me in a deep way…He was a wonderful person.”
Jared is already getting a lot of Oscar buzz for his role, although he remained very humble about it last night at the DKNY birthday bash. Just wait, Jared. Them Oscars are coming for you. Launch the gallery to check out all the photos of Jared partying last night. Excited to see the Dallas Buyers Club? Sound off in the comments!