October 13, 2013

Jared Leto gets 'spotlight' award for Dallas Buyers Club

Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 10:00 am

The streets of San Rafael were the place to be Thursday, Oct. 10 as Marinites lined up to see Jared Leto lend his acting cred to The Dallas Buyers Club, which screened at the Rafael Film Center as part of the Mill Valley Film Festival.

The festival honored Leto with a MVFF “Spotlight” award for his performance as Rayon, a transgendered woman battling AIDS during the 1980s, in the film directed by Jean-Marc Vallee.

Leto’s side-career as frontman to the band 30 Seconds to Mars was evident right upon arrival. A fan from the crowd yelled, “Jared, we still don’t have tickets!” To which Leto quickly replied, “Bum rush the door!”

Kept busy with the band he formed with his brother in 1998, Dallas Buyers Club marks something of a return to the screen for the 41-year-old Leto—his last film was 2009’s Mr. Nobody.

“This was a very strange thing for me—not just to put on heels—but I hadn’t made a film in almost 5 or 6 years,” said Leto.

His hibernation doesn’t seem to have stinted his growth as an actor; Oscar buzz is already circulating around the film. Despite the good word of mouth, Leto admitted he still hadn’t seen the film.

“I don’t watch the films that I’m in—I know that’s kind of a cliché, but it works best for me to let go once I’m finished,” said Leto.

It would take more that just letting go after the film to move on from his transgendered character Rayon; Leto said he experienced a whole transformation in order to prepare for the character.

Leto’s no stranger to tackling on-screen transformations—he gained 60 pounds for a role in 2007’s Chapter 27 and lost over 40 pounds for his role as Rayon. Leto’s performance paid off for one audience member who commended him on how wonderfully he captured the femininity of Rayon and inquired where he went for inspiration—solely the transgendered community, or did he have women he turned to?

Leto instinctually responded, “I have a lot of women in my life—not like that, well, maybe like that.”

The Rafael Theater filled with laughter.

“But I do have, uh, well you know, um, let me dig myself out of this one now. I think we all have the yin and the yang. We all have a little bit of that in us,” Leto continued.

Leto answered questions from the audience for about half an hour until festival director Mark Fishkin switched gears to present the actor with a MVFF award, designed by Mill Valley artist Alice Corning.

“This is actually the most artistic thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” gushed Leto about the award. “This is beautiful. Thank you guys, both the Mill Valley Film Festival and the California Film Institute, and all of you for coming and sharing this special night. I never in a million years thought I would be standing on a stage getting an award for having the experience of a lifetime.

“I have to say this is the very first time I’ve gotten an award for anything I’ve done on screen in my entire life.”

Source: Pacific Sun.

1 comment:

Amanda Youra said...

"Jared you deserve it"

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