Top 21 Extreme Method Actors

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2. Jared Leto

He gained 60 pounds to portray John Lennon’s killer in Chapter 27 and lost almost 30 pounds to play a junkie in Darren Aronofsky’s magnificently depressing Requiem for a Dream. No matter how amazing these roles were, they are pale in comparison to his Oscar-winning portrayal of a transsexual drug addict dying of AIDS in Dallas Byers Club.

Apart from being in character during the entire filming, Leto even wore lipstick and a pink sweater to his Skype audition. He met director Jean-Marc Vallée as Jared Leto only when the movie was wrapped up.

Although Leto said that a lot of people recognized him, the actor went so deep that he went to the supermarket dressed as a woman. Whether or not people recognized him as the actor, the 42-year-old was judged at every corner. Lastly, Leto talked to many trans people about everything from clothes to telling your family and friends who you really are.

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