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In heels and pounds lighter, Leto back in movies

September 10, 2013 • Entertainment


This Sept. 9, 2013 photo shows Jared Leto, a cast member in the film “Dallas Buyer’s Club,” at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. It’s been nearly six years since Jared Leto acted. But even though his band, 30 Seconds to Mars, had become his full-time gig, Leto was drawn back to movies by “Dallas Buyers Club,” in which he plays a transgender person suffering from AIDS. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

TORONTO (AP) — Jared Leto’s return to acting started, as so many things do, with a flirtation.

It had been five years since Leto last acted (the sci-fi indie “Mr. Nobody”), a movie career put on hold while his band, 30 Seconds to Mars, unexpectedly surged in popularity. The possibility of playing Rayon, a transgender person dying of AIDS for the film “Dallas Buyers Club,” came to him while he was on tour in Europe.

After initially dismissing the chance, Leto read the script and he reversed course immediately. When he met with the director Jean-Marc Vallee via Skype, he was already trying on Rayon.

“I used it as a test for myself,” Leto said in an interview. “I got some lipstick. We said hello and then I reached Login to read more

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