Jared Leto doubts the movie industry is ready for a gay leading man
Jared Leto might have pushed things to the limit on the set of Suicide Squad, as evidenced by the highly publicized (and extremely weird) gifts he sent to his costars, but he also argues that Hollywood is still an extremely conservative place, especially when it comes to opportunities for LGBT actors.
Leto appears on the cover of the latest issue of GQ Style, and in his interview, he weighed in on what it means to be a leading man, adding that while he hopes America would totally accept a gay leading man, he doesn’t think the industry would react in the same way.
“I definitely don’t think a gay leading man would have the same opportunities as a straight leading man,” Leto said. “I don’t think that. Not for a single second. I don’t know if that’s offensive or not, but that’s my thought right now. It shouldn’t be that way. I don’t think you’ll have as many opportunities. And I think you could say the same for minorities. What a word, ‘minority.’ Have we taken that word off the list yet? ‘Cause it should be. Anyway, no, I think that this is still a very conservative business.”
Leto, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing a transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club, also discussed his thoughts on his own masculinity.
“We’re in an interesting time right now where people are exploring all kinds of different ideas of identity, not just masculinity or femininity,” he said. “Maybe a whole new paradigm. I think that’s great. Because a lot of people probably are marginalized still, and finding a sense of identity is critical to empowering people. For myself, I have never had a specific idea of masculinity. I think it’s okay just to be yourself and whatever that entails. You know, I’ve certainly never felt required to present myself in a certain way.”
Read GQ’s full interview with Leto here.