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.
During the past 12 days, serious thespian, hippie of the wild, and amateur mountain climber Jared Leto has been getting to the core of himself in the desert, as the rest of America has been fighting over toilet paper at Costco. Well, Jared stepped out of that desert oasis and into North American Hell, because when he left, coronavirus hadn’t yet completely taken over. And Jared is now in a world where coronavirus has officially replaced “Jared Leto’s method actor stories” as a major thing that’s giving everyone a headache.
Jared Leto is hardcore. He’s an alt/goth/punk-rocker/cult-leading/Academy Award-winner and he definitely lives the extreme life of someone with so many slashes and hyphens to their credit. A few years back, Jared went rock climbing with Alex Honnold, the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo, and almost died doing it. Just because you’re going climbing with someone who’s so talented and amazing they get an Oscar movie made about them doesn’t mean that you guaranteed won’t die. But Jared Leto pushed those limits and nearly plummeted. Well time for visual proof of the rope which almost took out alt/goth/punk-rocker/cult-leading/Academy Award-winner Jared Leto.
The Hollywood Reporter has a story about Croatian cult leader Jared Leto having tried everything in his Jordan Catalano power to keep Todd Phillips’ Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix from happening. He failed.
Even though Martin Scorsese thumbed his nose at Marvel, claiming their loud and proud superhero explosion fests don’t meet the bar of “Cinema”, The Hollywood Reporter says that Martin was once attached to Joker, and a source claims he had even considered directing it himself at some point. Turns out we might have Martin to thank/blame for drumming up so much interest in a standalone Joker movie that it actually happened. And unfortunately, the list of casualties in Joker’s wake include more than just your poor strained eyeballs when you heard about Todd Phillip‘s inability to write comedy and Joaquin’s Phoenix‘s extreme dieting and on-set pranks. Jared Leto’s feelings were also hurt!
Jared Leto showed up to this year’s camp-themed Met Gala in a Gucci outfit that included a a red satin gown, 10 lbs of crystals, and an exact copy of his own head staring vacantly into the ether. It was the kind of moment of pure creepiness that no doubt made a whole lot of people either scream or shudder before telling him, “Ew, get rid of that thing!” As it turns out, that head did eventually vanish, but Jared Leto is not sure where it went to.