Denis Villeneuve’s early vision for Blade Runner 2049 didn’t include a sightless Jared Leto—as the director recently revealed to Metro U.K., he wanted the late David Bowie to play the film’s villain, Neander Wallace. So instead of a Clown Prince, we would have had a Thin White Duke. “Our first thought [for the character] had been David Bowie, who had influenced Blade Runner in many ways,” Villeneuve said, noting the otherworldly looks and sounds Bowie created throughout his career.
The drop off from David Bowie to Jared Leto is immeasurable. Everything Bowie touches turns to gold. Everything Leto touches wilts into dust. Can you tell how I feel about Jared Leto? He is a ball of ego and self assurance and there need to be people like me in the world to keep him on Earth before his ego turns into a black hole.
Jared Leto intentionally made himself blind on the Blade Runner set and vomit. Bowie isn’t down with the shits. He’d punch in, do a weird villain thing, punch out. Repeat for 11 days. Then head home and throw on the smoking jacket.
Get Jared Leto out of the paint for the rest of eternity.
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