One of the best method actors of our age has to be Jared Leto. He often plays a weird character and doesn’t usually get the lead role in the movie he plays in, but he always somehow manages to make a big impact on the movie.
If you want to see what I’m talking about, take a look at some of these movies.
Requiem For A Dream
This is simply a classic movie apart from the fact that it has Jared Leto in it, and you should go see it right away if you haven’t seen it yet. And if you have seen it already, go see it again.
Lord of War
Playing Nicholas Cage’s brother is a hard part for pretty much everyone, but Jared Leto does it perfectly fine. Also, this is the second movie on this list where he’s playing a drug addict and we’re only two movies in. I may or may not have done that on purpose.
Probably more a classic because of the fact that it has Christian Bale in it – one of the few modern actors that can carry a scene more than Jared can – it still has Jared in a very important and iconic role. This movie pretty much proves he can even be a weird murder victim. That’s a skill.
While many people would say Heath Ledger was a better Joker, I often argue that apart from Jack Nicholson (and probably Joaquin Phoenix), Jared Leto did it the best. Where Heath Ledger’s Joker was too calm and calculated for my tastes, Jared’s had that anarchistic improvisational side to him. That’s probably because of the writing, but I don’t dislike what Leto did to the character he was given at all.
Blade Runner 2049
While the movie in itself wasn’t anything you need to remember for a very long time, Jared Leto’s crooked Niander Wallace character added a lot of personality to the story that – ironically, because they’re robots but weren’t supposed to act like them – almost none of the other characters managed to do.
Yup, he’s in that movie too. Look at it again and you’ll see. And if you don’t see it, just look at it once more. It’s Fight Club, it’s worth as many views as it takes.
The Thin Red Line
Again, not the biggest Leto part he’s ever gotten, but also one that’s solidly put in one of the most iconic movies of its generation.