Jared Leto’s commitment to his roles is legendary. By the end of production on “Suicide Squad,” he’d shaken pretty much every one of his cast-mates to their very core with his antics, as he looked to delve into the mind of The Joker.
But Leto might have taken it a little bit too far with his preparation for “Blade Runner 2049,” as the actor decided to blind himself for the part of the villainous Niander Wallace. After picking out a pair of contact lenses that made his eyes look opaque, Leto decided to go all out and make sure that they blocked his vision, too.
According to the WSJ, Leto was so intent on being method that the Academy Award winning actor had to be guided around the set because of his impairment. “Blade Runner 2049” director Denis Villeneuve recently confirmed that the 45-year-old went to such extremes for the film, recalling how Leto even turned up to the first camera test in character.
“He could not see at all. He was walking with an assistant, very slowly. It was like seeing Jesus walking into a temple,” Villeneuve remarked to ET Online. “Everybody became super silent, and there was a kind of sacred moment. Everyone was in awe. It was so beautiful and powerful – I was moved to tears.”
This isn’t the first time that Leto has gone to such extremes for a role. For “Requiem For A Dream” he spent days with heroin addicts, he lost 30 pounds for “Dallas Buyers Club,” gained 67 pounds for “Chapter 27” and harassed his “Suicide Squad” co-stars with a live rat, a dead pig, bullets and a used condom, and he also avoided spending any time with the cast.
We’ll get to see if Jared Leto going temporarily blind was worth it when “Blade Runner 2049” is released on October 6.