Jared Leto’s latest character has a thirst for blood. Of course, we’re not referring to the serial killer he portrays in his brand new Netflix film, The Little Things. We’re talking about Morbius, the character he plays in the film of the same name, who he says was a difficult character to portray in a new interview in Variety’s Actors on Actors series.
“It’s a big, fun movie filled with action. It’s a brilliant doctor, a researcher, who starts off trying to find a cure for a disease that he has and about 1,000 other people in the world have. I was interested in the role because he goes on this journey from dying to finding a cure for this disease and becoming incredibly healthy, and then having things change in a way that he becomes monstrous. So it’s a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde, which is of course a classic role.”
Leto is best known for his character roles, like the transgender character Rayon from 2013’s Dallas Buyer’s Club, who became a flashpoint for questions about transgender representation in Hollywood. In an interview with actor John David Washington, Leto explained the challenges unique to the character and to starring in a Marvel film.