Movie star Jared Leto thinks Hollywood is “too conservative” to breed gay male superstars.
Leto, 44, says his line of work has far more opportunities for straight actors than gay ones, telling GQ, “I definitely don’t think a gay leading man would have the same opportunities as a straight leading man. I don’t know if that’s offensive or not, but that’s my thought right now. It shouldn’t be that way. This is still a very conservative business.
“We’re in an interesting time right now where people are exploring all kinds of different ideas of identity, not just masculinity or femininity. For myself, I have never had a specific idea of masculinity. I think it’s OK just to be yourself and whatever that entails. You know, I’ve certainly never felt required to present myself in a certain way.”
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Leto’s latest role is that of DC Comic book villain the Joker in the new movie Suicide Squad. The movie — which was released in theaters Aug. 5 — has received generally unfavorable reviews thus far and has even inspired fan generated online petitions from comic book fans who hate it and want to shut it down.
Nonetheless, it is a movie Leto says he prepared hard for. He told GQ he did a ton of “dark” research to get into the role, which he says he had to stop before it affected him too much.
“There was a point where I was researching violence and was watching a lot of things that…things that it’s arguable if anybody should even see and I noticed that started to have an impact on me that I didn’t like, so I stopped,” he said.
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