Jared Leto, forever in pursuit of being the ultimate contemporary method actor (sorry, Daniel Day-Lewis), went all in while filming Denis Villeneuve’s blockbuster sequel “Blade Runner 2049.” The director reveals in a Jared Leto profile for The Wall Street Journal that the Oscar-winning actor actually blinded himself in order to prepare to play the movie’s villainous big bad, a replicant manufacturer named Niander Wallace.
“We all heard stories about Jared, how he transforms into the characters, but even this didn’t prepare me for what was to come,” Villeneuve tells WSJ. “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!”
This is the most infuriating thing to me and I will try to explain why while using the least amount of swear words and caps lock but I know me, and it’s inevitable. Jared Leto is an absolute sociopath and his ‘method acting’ became mega popular after stories of him sending used condoms and pigs blood to his coworkers around the set of Suicide Squad hit the news.
Imagine getting to work tomorrow morning, opening up a package and just seeing a fucking dead rat from someone named ‘The Joker‘. You’d be PISSED that this maniac is getting away with keeping his used condoms and sending them to you. Human Resources would be filing paperwork to terminate him immediately but not in Hollywood. Nope, we all pretend like this is somehow charming or some shit.
Jared Leto is a human ball of ego and self-assurance and you know how he’s able to maintain this level of self-assurance? Directors like Denis Villeneuve being brought to tears by Leto wearing blank contacts on set for no reason. You never tell a narcists that you’re a fan.
Also real quick, this isn’t method acting. This is ruining a day of shooting because you don’t know where any of your marks are and you don’t know where to stand and the entire crew has to drop what they’re doing to help your fake blind ass out.
Dear Hollywood, hire real blind actors and stop letting Jared Leto do weird shit.