Jared Leto received the Best Supporting Actor award at this years Academy Awards, and it has since been revealed that his time filming Dallas Buyers Club inspired him so much that he almost wore drag for the ceremony.
Leto is considered a method actor, and his performance in the film was met with much appraisal which led to his first Oscar award. It was made clear that Leto extensively researched the role, which looked at subjects from AIDS, female grooming and drug trafficking amongst others, with lead star Matthew McConaughey also winning an Oscar for his role in the film.
The 30 Seconds to Mars lead singer played a drug addict named Rayon, and stated he considered wearing drag after stating “she would have loved to be there.”
In an interview with the London Evening Standard’s Deluxe ES Magazine (courtesy of contactmusic.com), Leto stated,
“I would never say, ‘I don’t give a s–t about the Oscars,’ because it’s not the whole truth. It’s not about the shiny, naked golden man, or the pat on the back, it’s about being able to stand on a world stage for two minutes in front of a billion people and say something that is meaningful, important to you.”
The award-winning actor went on to share his experience about the 2014 awards ceremony,
“It was pretty f–king fantastic to see all those Hollywood dreamers letting loose with such abandon. I looked over and my mother was dancing with Madonna.”
Is it a good job that Leto didn’t wear drag, would it have been as bizarre as Shia LeBouef wearing a paper bag, or would it be a welcomed freedom of expression?
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