Jared Leto: ‘If it wasn’t for Marvel films, I don’t even know if theaters would exist’

We do tend to avoid covering Jared Leto these days, mostly because there have been rumors for years that he’s incredibly problematic, if not a full-blown abuser. Those rumors have never been substantiated and yet if I didn’t mention them at the top, we would easily get twenty comments about “why didn’t you mention this.” I don’t know what he’s like, really. But I do get a bad vibe. Jared is currently promoting Morbius, a film about a Spiderman villain who is basically a vampire? The film’s release has been delayed several times, but it’s finally coming out on April 1st. Sony is hoping to ride the wave of The Batman, Venom and Spider-Man, obviously. You can read the full Variety piece here. Some highlights:

On the Morbius character: “I loved that it was the very first time this character was going to be on screen. I’ve always been interested in transformation, and this was a way to explore that territory in a big Marvel film. It was impossible to say no.”

On Lady Gaga’s Oscar nomination snub: “It was a shock and a surprise. By the way, she should get an invite to every Oscars, just to have her there. She’s an amazing artist [who does] such brave work. She should be celebrated for everything in my book.”

He mentioned ‘dreamers in Ukraine’ in his 2014 Oscar speech: “I mentioned Ukraine in my speech because I had a show there four days after the Oscars. And then I had a show in Russia.” He found himself in the region during the early days of the 2014 Russo-Ukrainian war. “I was on the ground when buildings were burning. The streets were barricaded. You showed up at the airport; there’s no customs. You just walk right through. There were civilians with AKs. It was a wild thing. Everyone told us not to go.”

On Marvel’s takeover of movie theaters: How does one reconcile this Leto with the one who’s about to star in a comic book movie? The actor admits to being “a bit of a snob when it comes to film,” but he’s also concerned about the financial health of the entertainment industry. “If it wasn’t for Marvel films, I don’t even know if theaters would exist. It doesn’t seem like there’s room for everyone, and that starts to become a little heartbreaking.”

He hates… hobbies? “I was never a fan of hobbies. I always hated that word, even … ‘hobby.’ I think if you’re going to do something, you do it.” He pauses before continuing the thought. “But as I’ve grown up, I come to appreciate that term a little bit more.”

He hasn’t seen the latest Venom movie: “I am going to watch it,” he promises of the “Venom” sequel. “I’ve been waiting to see it in a theater.” He adds, “The first one was a lot of fun, and Tom was fantastic. He built this role that looks like it was a blast to play.”

On reprising the Joker? Leto also allows that he’d be open to reprising the Joker if Warner Bros. came calling. “Never say never,” he says.

[From Variety]

Literally no one wants to deal with Leto’s Joker again. He was a giant pain in the ass during Suicide Squad, and after alienating most of the cast and crew, most of his scenes were cut and they gave Margot Robbie more stuff to do. I also don’t get why he’s got a somewhat salty edge about Venom? There’s more in the article about how he was trying to avoid questions about Venom, so much so that I kind of wonder if Leto and Tom Hardy have some kind of beef. As for House of Gucci… he was AWFUL in it, and I blame him for why the film got snubbed for some Oscars. I mean, yes, it was mostly Ridley Scott’s fault and Leto never should have been cast. But holy sh-t, Leto’s performance was BAD. He made everyone else bad in their scenes together.

Photos courtesy of Instar, cover courtesy of Variety.

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  1. kim says:

    one thing I can agree with Jared
    about…I don’t do comic movies and the last movie I saw in tbe theater was the greatest showman 🤣🤣

  2. Merricat says:

    Ugh, he is unbearable; even when he has a point, he makes me want to disagree.

    • ElleV says:

      agreed merricat – big time bad dude vibes and i don’t need to wait for those to be substantiated because my gut has never been proved wrong as yet – feel the same visceral aversion to him that i did about Jake Gyllenhaal

  3. DCLite says:

    I don’t remember which actor said, “You never hear about women doing method acting.” But for me that was just like a balloon deflating as far as people like Leto are concerned.

    • Lemons says:

      We did hear a ton about how Lady Gaga needed to method act to play an Italian woman. I haven’t seen the movie so I won’t comment on the acting in it.

      But honestly, I hope method acting becomes gauche. If you need to put yourself through torture or treat others like crap throughout the entire filming process to get the shot, I’m going to side-eye your reasons. It’s called acting for a reason. Be a professional.

    • ElleV says:

      definitely, there are exceptions that prove the rule, but i think it’s notable that those actresses are usually seen as trying too hard and their performances are often relegated to camp (gaga in house of gucci is one good example, dunaway in mommy dearest is another)

      agree 100% method should die. i love laurence olivier’s line to dustin hoffman: “my dear boy, why don’t you just try acting?”

    • Merricat says:

      Ugh, it drives me crazy to have to say this, but there is a difference between good method acting and going so far that people think you’re an assh*le.

      • Leigh says:

        So true @Merricat! Method is just about calling on your experiences to inform your acting (like remembering the death of your beloved animal companion when you need to cry), this insane, immersive “I will remain in character even off-set” shit is something else. It’s interesting how it’s always staying in character as an asshole or psycho, why can’t someone do it when they’re playing a Ted Lasso type role!!

  4. CLWM65 says:

    I’ve met Jared several times and he was perfectly nice and gracious with me. However, I am not the ‘age’ he finds interesting in having a ‘relationship’ with. He treated the younger ‘groupie’ type girls completely differently than myself, and not in a good way. (30STM)

    As far as his acting, I personally think he’s a better actor than singer/band person. Yeah, he’s had some duds and it’s tiring always hearing about his ‘method’ acting, but he has had some remarkable performances.

    Also of note, he has a notorious habit of having a quick temper, and used to get in to fights over in Hollywood a lot. Probably why some of his former band mates left the band to pursue other musical interests.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      There has always been gossip around his anger management issues – at one point it almost cost him his career (like Johnny Depp) but he made a comeback, esp after his hiatus to pursue his music career.

      He is a talented actor but the skeeve is so strong with him – so strong.

      • I only clicked on this to say when the HELL will this man be Me tooed because he is a monster . And If I know it, everyone knows it, but its show BUSINESS and he makes them money, so he’ll get away with it until SOMEONE finally is able to call him out. Hannibal Buress where are you, lol.

      • CLWM65 says:

        Johnny Knoxville might have a story about his run in with Leto 😉 re: anger management

        I’d like to know why Cameron Diaz and him broke up. Rumor has it, he’s in to S & M with young girls. I doubt the 30STM groupies will come forward, but you never know.

      • bettyrose says:

        Guess he has more than one thing in common with Depp. He was nearly as pretty as Depp too in his teen drama days. Hard to picture that with either of them at this point.

  5. Silent Star says:

    I suspect he is right about Marvel and other super hero movies keeping theaters afloat, but I don’t understand why that has to be the case. Surely other kinds of movies can be produced that draw people to theaters? It seems like a lack of imagination is the real problem. But I suppose this is not a good time for risks, understandably.

    • The Recluse says:

      It feels like a vicious circle. Chain movie theaters want to book movies that bring in audiences, so they book crowd pleasers that bring in the audiences, so the more they book, the more they need to book. That leaves precious little space for films like The Green Knight, which, luckily, I did get to see locally. Miracle of miracles. I did not get to see a film I really wanted to see: the one about the dispatch set in Paris.

  6. Registered+Belcher says:

    I love how they asked about Gaga’s snub, but not his(neither deserved one)

  7. bettyrose says:

    Thank goodness movies don’t need theaters any more.

  8. JJS says:

    Maybe I get what he means about “hobbies”? — I sort of found the word condescending and sort of like you have to be monetizing your interests else they’re not worthwhile… like your interests are just a funny little thing…