Jared Leto on his weight loss for Dallas Buyer’s Club: ‘I lost 30 pounds, was down to 116′

Leto in character last November for Dallas Buyers Club

You know that movie in which Matthew McConaughey plays an AIDS victim, The Dallas Buyers Club, and for which he lost so much weight? Well Jared Leto co-stars in that film, he plays another AIDS sufferer, a transsexual woman, and he lost just about as much weight for that role as McConaughey did.

Like McConaughey, Leto is almost back to normal a few months after shooting wrapped, (new photos of him are here) and he told E! that he lost 30 pounds back then and had dropped down to just 116 pounds. He’s 5’9″ tall so I checked that BMI, 17.1, and it’s only classified as “underweight,” not “severely underweight.” Damn! What do you have to do to get a “severely underweight” classification? He also admitted that he did it by starving, which he’s revealed before. E! also has a video interview with Jared to accompany this story, and I found it really interesting. I don’t remember ever seeing him interviewed before and he comes across as very professional and dedicated. Gah, I can’t believe I’m writing that about Jordan Catalano. He focuses more on what he did for the role than the mechanics of how he lost the weight. He said “the role required that commitment from me.” Here’s more:

Jared Leto plays a transsexual with AIDS in the ’80s in his first film in five years, The Dallas Buyers Club.

You may have seen some of the shocking images of photos of him while shooting the movie. Like his costar Matthew McConaughey, he lost about 30 pounds for the role. The movie is the real-life story of a Texan with AIDS (McConaughey) in the 1980s who smuggled alternative drug treatments into the U.S. from Mexico

“I got down to 116 or something,” Leto told me yesterday at the Fast Company Grill at SXSW.

He explained, “I just basically didn’t eat. I ate very little.”

But it wasn’t just about becoming sickly thin. “I had done similar things with weight, but this was different,” Leto said. “I think the role demanded that commitment…It was about how does that effect how I walk, how I talked, who I am, how I feel. You know, you feel very fragile and delicate and unsafe.”

Not everyone he knew was aware of what he was doing. “It’s not a great thing to see,” Leto said. “If you run into people or see family who don’t know what you’re doing, they think that you’re sick.”
Leto was in Austin this week to promote Artifact, a documentary about his band 30 Seconds to Mars’ legal battle with music label EMI.

[From E! Online]

Here are photos around the time Leto was filming, he shaved off his eyebrows too! Some of these are by his BFF, Terry Richardson. He’s also shown out with Richardson last month, on February 21. What is it with that guy? Is he really charming along with being a creepy sexual predator?

I couldn’t find a release date or trailer for Dallas Buyer’s Club. It’s in post-production and I would guess it’s out later this year, but I can’t confirm that.

Leto last month:

photo credit: Pacific Coast News, Terry Richardson and WENN.com

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  1. Jane says:

    I am speechless after looking at those photos!

  2. jane says:

    The recent pics of him look good–he doesn’t look 40 at all.

  3. annabelle says:

    Why do I feel like Matthew did the work with diet changes, slow and steady progress and overall as healthily as possible. While Jared just did tons of blow with Uncle Terry?

  4. Mhmm says:

    Ehrmagehrd, it’s Jordan Catalano :O

  5. Tiffany says:

    I am glad that he is back on the big screen. He band is alright but I think he is a great actor.

  6. RobN says:

    Does anybody actually still care what Jared Leto does? To me he’s the male version of Lana Del Mar; all image, no actual substance.

  7. Alexandra Bananarama says:

    Of course he’s BFF with TR! Having the unfortunate experience of having met Leto and seeing him a 2nd time for about 15minutes he’s awful.
    Great actor, but ungrateful and entitled. A lot like Franco without the degrees imo.

  8. elceibeno says:

    I can’t believe he didn’t drop dead from malnutrition.

    • j.eyre says:

      I am getting a little tired of these dangerous weight losses being glorified. I am not sure it translates to any real person emulating these actors but it just seems so gimmicky. *SPOILER* Ali MacGraw looked to be dying of cancer at the end of Love Story and that was done with make up. I will be glad when gains and losses are not splashed across the headlines.

      They only thing I will credit his horrifying appearance with is that he would experience the shock on people’s face seeing him so emaciated. Maybe that helped his performance.

      Remember when people got Oscars for doing a really good job acting?

      • sirsnarksalot says:

        Yeah, this stunt weight loss is just horrific and adds nothing to “acting”. I remember when Christian Bale did the Machinist (?) and got crazy thin and needed help getting to the set. Even his director came out and said he wasn’t expecting him to take it that far…especially in the age of CGI. Not necessary at all.

  9. T.Fanty says:

    I just can’t with this one. Everything he does just feels so insincere. MM lost weight for the role, but I feel like Leto does it just to be able to say that he did it. He’s so Artsier-than-thou and it just comes across as posturing. I’d even take Franco over Leto, and that’s saying something.

    On a sidenote, has anyone ever seen the youtube video where the girl puts on make up and turns into Leto? It’s weirdly awesome.

  10. Jane says:

    He’s enjoying that too much. I never much cared for this guy. He’s like those kids in high school who try to convince you they’re bad ass all the damn time.

  11. Mindy says:

    I would have thought he would make a prettier girl. He seems more feminine as a dude.

  12. MyLeNe - Montreal says:

    I LOVE Jared Leto

  13. RHONYC says:

    ssssssss, gosh, i hope this doesn’t bring on something irreversible. *geesh* 8O

    am i the only one that thinks he looks like Karen Black on meth?

  14. Turtle Power says:

    I feel like Jared Leto is a closet eating disorder case.

    I think he likes being thinorexic.

  15. Pink Elephant says:

    Is creepy ‘Uncle Terry’ really charming in addition to being a sexual predator? I…seriously doubt it, so here’s a theory: I think TR’s official function, as well as the reason for his (otherwise inexplicable) in-club status, is as a HANDLER. Clears up a lot, no?

  16. LAgirl says:

    Jared Leto is actually a really nice normal charming guy. He’s friends with an ex of mine. Please don’t be mean. Especially if you have nothing to base it off of other than speculation. Good day ladies and gents ;)

  17. Nicole says:

    I’ve got it! Terry Richardson teaches the stars how to tweet and instagram themselves! That’s his ‘in’ with them.

  18. kiki says:

    i think hes bisexual on the low.