Jared Leto on His Brilliant Performance as a Transsexual in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

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From thedailybeast

There’s been plenty of awards chatter for Matthew McConaughey’s riveting portrayal of Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and loosely based on a true story, Woodroof is a sexual tyrannosaurus who is diagnosed with HIV in 1986 and given just 30 days to live. With his treatment options limited by FDA regulations, he begins smuggling nontoxic, non-FDA-approved antiviral medications from foreign countries into the U.S. to distribute to AIDS patients—much to the chagrin of his doctor, played by Jennifer Garner. Soon, he establishes the Dallas Buyers Club, charging “subscribers” $400 per month for meds. And McConaughey continues his midcareer “McConaissance” by dropping 38 pounds for the role, which he knocks out of the trailer park.

But it’s Jared Leto, as Woodroof’s right-hand lady, Rayon, who steals the show. Rayon is an HIV-positive transsexual drug addict who helps Woodruff get his business up and running, peddling antiviral HIV meds in the local gay clubs. Soon a strong bond forms between the homophobic Woodroof and his dress-wearing gal pal, who is the heart and soul of the film.

It’s Leto’s first film since 2007, when he gained 60 pounds to portray John Lennon’s demented assassin, Mark David Chapman, in the poorly received Chapter 27. In the interim, he’s been rocking out with his band Thirty Seconds to Mars, which released their fourth studio album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams, earlier this year, and he just took home an MTV VMA for Best Rock Video.

So, Rayon …
Yes, darlin’? [Laughs]

How did you summon your inner tranny for this role?
It’s inside of all of us, our inner tranny. It’s about identity. All of us, at some point in our lives, ask ourselves who we really are. But I started by listening—meeting with transgendered people who were so generous and shared very private, personal aspects of their lives with me. And I worked, and I worked, and I worked.

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Thanks to caraliscity

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One Response to “Jared Leto on His Brilliant Performance as a Transsexual in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’”

  1. Comment by Cathy Taylor in September 13, 2013 @ 7:02 am

    this is another awesome interview where the host asks some different but relevant questions…love the interviews that bring out Jareds quirky humour as well <3

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