Jared Leto is known in the industry for his various acting method choices that either show a strong dedication to the character or it can feel a bit indulgent and boring. Wherever you land on that opinion, this latest story about his method choices on the set of Morbius seems more like the latter, and director Daniel Espinosa confirms some choices he made while filming the film that may have slowed production down a bit.
In Morbius, Leto plays the titular character who tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease. In the process, he accidentally gives himself a form of vampirism but before the change, the character weakens and can barely walk. In a recent conversation with Uproxx about the film, director Daniel Espinosa was asked to confirm or deny an acting choice Leto made during filming. The story in question suggested that the actor was so determined to stay in character that he used crutches to slowly limp all over the set, including the bathroom. Espinosa confirmed the story was true and said that when his bathroom breaks got too long, they made a deal with Leto to lose the crutches and be pushed into a wheelchair instead. Here’s what Espinosa had to say:
“Because I think what Jared thinks, what Jared believes is that somehow the pain of those moves, even when he was playing normal Michael Morbius, he needed, because he’s had this pain all his life. Although, as he’s alive and strong, it must make a difference. Hey, man, it’s people’s processes. All actors believe in processes. And you, as a director , you support everything that makes it as good as possible.
Leto is no stranger to going to great lengths to get inside a character’s mind. The actor lived on the streets to prepare for his role as a junkie in Requiem for a dream and he definitely harmed his health by gaining excess weight in Chapter 27. Then there was the story that, in preparation for playing the Joker in suicide squad, he sent his co-stars used condoms and even gifted a dead rat in a box to Margot Robbie, who played Harley Quinn in the film. This story was confirmed by co-star Viola Davis who said, “I was saying out loud, ‘Don’t open the box!’ I was halfway out the door when she opened the box…and saw the biggest black rat you could imagine. Then… she cooed. Without fear. Open. Receptive. Full of happiness.” Here is what Jared Leto has said in the past about adopting the action method:
“I appreciate the term [method acting], I think it’s a little cloudy, the definition. And that could also be really pretentious too. I thought it was my job to show up and do the best I could. It’s my job to show up, to do everything I can, to be over-prepared. And deliver. It’s also my job to introduce myself and, you know, be a pleasure to work with. And, and, and, and to be collaborative, and to have a good experience on set.
I’m not really a fan of method acting and the more stories I hear about it, especially with Leto, the more I roll my eyes a little. Can you imagine working on the Morbius where your time is precious and you have to wait for Leto to hobble back and forth from the bathroom? Then when it took too long, you had to be one of the people to push him in a wheelchair so he could stay in character? I’m sure this team or the “lucky” production assistant has a lot of stories to tell about it.
What are YOUR thoughts on Jared Leto’s method actor choices on Morbius?