Jared Leto Discusses "Dallas Buyers Club" Success in Los Angeles Confidential Spring 2014

Posted Friday February 21, 2014 10:40 AM GMT

He is nominated for an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club," and now Jared Leto revealed why he chose to take on the challenging character.

In the Spring 2014 issue of Los Angeles Confidential, the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman chatted about the movie, including losing 30 pounds for the role and playing transgender AIDS patient Rayon.

Check out GossipCenter's recap of Mr. Leto's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Los Angeles Confidential!

On Rayon:
"Rayon could have been played campier, more of what we think of as a ‘drag queen’, someone who’s very over the top, external, basically playing dress up… I remember sending an email making it very clear that I saw Rayon as someone who wanted to live life as a woman, not someone who was a glam-rocking drag queen. I had no interest in playing that part, and if that would have been the case, I would have said, ‘No, thank you.’"

On the weight loss:
"Losing weight like that changes the way you walk, the way you talk, the way you think, the way you breathe, the way you feel, the way people treat you. So that makes it a great asset. You set a bar for yourself where you say, ‘Okay, I’ve done this, so I’ve got to make sure I do all the other things well.’"

On "Dallas Buyers Club" success:
"One is the story. Healthcare is an important issue. At the core there’s a classic fable there: A small group of people are willing to fight for their lives and refuse to say no. We all want to be the kind of person who says, “No. I’m going to find a way. I’m going to fight for my survival. The other reason is Matthew McConaughey. People love to watch him, he’s a huge movie star, and he’s doing really interesting work. And I thought if it was good enough for him to do it, then it was a good enough project for me to be involved with, because I know that he’s been making really smart choices.

On his acting career:
"I’ve never been in a hurry. I’ve always wanted to make the most interesting and challenging work and to be proud of it and to contribute to something special and meaningful. I’ve seen the world many times over. You live a life. But it’s a long race, so you learn to maybe run smarter. If I can support this film, then I am happy to do it. Perspective and gratitude have a lot to do with it: I don’t make that many films. I don’t know when I’ll make the next film or when I’ll next be a part of this process. People have been rather lovely, supportive, and kind."

Photo Credit: Nigel Parry for Los Angeles Confidential

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