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Jared Leto

Jared Joseph Leto (/ˈlɛt/; born December 26, 1971) is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and director. After starting his career with television appearances in the early 1990s, Leto achieved recognition for his role as Jordan Catalano on the television series My So-Called Life (1994). He made his film debut in How to Make an American Quilt (1995) and received critical praise for his performance in Prefontaine (1997). Leto played supporting roles in The Thin Red Line (1998), Fight Club (1999) and American Psycho (2000), as well as the lead role in Urban Legend (1998), and earned critical acclaim after portraying heroin addict Harry Goldfarb in Requiem for a Dream (2000). He later began focusing increasingly on his music career, returning to acting with Panic Room (2002), Alexander (2004), Lord of War (2005), Lonely Hearts (2006), Chapter 27 (2007), and Mr. Nobody (2009). In 2012, he directed the documentary film Artifact. He then appeared in Suicide Squad (2016) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017).

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Jared Leto - Chapter 27

Believe it or not, Jared Leto had to put on an excessive amount of weight to play his role in "Chapter 27" alongside co-star Lindsay Lohan. This just proves how drastic some actors are willing to go to get into character and to land the part they want. Here is a before and after photo showing the difference.

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Jared Leto in Fight Club

Jared Leto appearing in Fight Club (1999) alongside Brad Pitt (not pictured).

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In an up-close photoshoot

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Jared Leto is willing to transform himself and his body into anything to land a role. Here are a few examples of how much he has changed himself for different characters.

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Leto acting in 2009's "Mr. Nobody." This picture was used as the cover for the movie in several representations, including the Netflix cover of the movie.

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Leto acting in one of his quirky moments.

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Discussion over the character of Rayon from Dallas Buyers Club and Jared Leto's process of creating her as a character.

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30 Seconds to Mars, with frontman and lead singer Jared Leto, record their video of "From Yesterday" from their second album, "A Beautiful Lie."

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Jared Leto - Artifact

Jared Leto directed and released a film named "Artifact" that documents the controversial release of 30 Seconds to Mars' third album, "This Is War." There was a constant battle and a lawsuit between the band and their record label, which is documented along with filming of the band in the recording studio. Check it out on Netflix!

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Another Look

Jared Leto giving us another look at his reprisal of The Joker. He parodies "The Killing Joke" shot of The Joker very well as we see the side-by-side interpretation.

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