Jared Leto was so determined to play a character with chronic pain that he likely became chronic pain for the crew members.
Daniel Espinosa, the director of Leto’s latest film “Morbius”, confirmed to Uproxx on Monday that the star – who is fully able to walk and known to be an unnecessarily over the top Method actor – was pushed to and from the bathroom in a wheelchair whenever he needed to relieve himself.
Leto plays Morbius, the main character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest offering, who essentially turns into a vampire when he finds a cure for a rare blood disease that leaves him disabled due to chronic pain. We won’t even get into the way ableist the parcel and the cast of Leto is, but in short: gross.
“I heard a story on set and I want to see if it’s true,” Uproxx’s Mike Ryan told Espinosa. “Someone told me that Jared Leto was so determined to play Michael Morbius that even when he had to go to the bathroom, he used his crutches and limped slowly to get to the bathroom. But it took so long between breaks pee, that a deal was made with him to get him a wheelchair so someone could get him there quicker, and he agreed to that. Is that true?”
“Yes,” Espinosa said, explaining that Leto felt he needed to fully emulate and embody his character.
“Hey man, it’s people’s processes,” the director later added, defending Leto’s behavior.
“I think it’s really mysterious, what they do,” Espinosa said of the actors portraying their roles. “I think all of them have those traits. If you want a completely normal person who only does things you understand, then you’re in the wrong business. Because what’s different is what drives them.
Leto has a reputation for pushing Method acting to an uncomfortable extreme.
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He also got so into his role as designer Paolo Gucci in “House of Gucci” that he said he was “sniffing lines of arrabbiata sauce in the middle of that movie.”