When it comes to artists who have a history of planting their heads firmly up their own ass, two of the more prominent names that come to mind are Andy Warhol and Jared Leto. So, it makes sense that the latter would be so committed to playing the former in a movie –– even if said movie has been in discussion for ages and shows no sign of actually moving ahead. In fact, this bit of casting news is literally almost four years old. And still no movie.
The wannabe cult leader and alleged creeper confirmed that he is still planning to play the iconic Andy Warhol in an upcoming film that he is also apparently producing from a screenplay by The Wolf of Wall Street writer Terrence Winter. If true, this would be another example of Jared taking on roles that many feel he shouldn’t play (like playing a trans woman in Dallas Buyers Club, which got him an Oscar). But knowing how in-touch and up-to-date Jared is with current events and world happenings, I’m sure everything will work itself out.
Jared made the announcement (again) in an Instagram post on Thursday, claiming to be “grateful and excited” to take on the role:
Perhaps the reason this film has been coasting on nothing but hairspray fumes and rumors since 2016 is because Jared
clearly never turns down any movie script he receives refuses to let go of the idea of winning another Oscar by, instead, allowing an actual queer actor to take the role. After fielding a ton of shit for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, he told GQ (also in 2016) that he didn’t think a gay leading actor would be accepted in Hollywood:
“I definitely don’t think a gay leading man would have the same opportunities as a straight leading man.
“I don’t think that. Not for a single second. I don’t know if that’s offensive or not, but that’s my thought right now.”
Leto added: “It shouldn’t be that way. I don’t think you’ll have as many opportunities. And I think you could say the same for minorities. What a word, ‘minority’. Have we taken that word off the list yet? ‘Cause it should be. Anyway, no, I think that this is still a very conservative business.”
If this movie ever does actually happen, then I expect Jared, the most method actor who ever method-ed, to get just as method with this role. And if he throws a blank look when a reporter asks him, “Can you show me the scar you got from actually getting shot for this role?“, the Oscar statue is going to look at him with disgust!