Leto ‘Blinded’ Himself For Blade Runner 2049
Talk about method acting.
The villainous Wallace happens to be blind, and in an interview with the Wall Street Journal (via ET), Leto revealed he wore special contact lenses that made his eyes look opaque and restricted his sight while on set. This meant he had to be guided around the set during the entire shoot.
“We all heard stories about Jared, how he transforms into the characters,” Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve told the WST, “but even this didn’t prepare me for what was to come.”
However, Villeneuve also said Leto’s fierce commitment to his role brought an intensity to the project right from the beginning.
“He could not see at all. He was walking with an assistant, very slowly,” Villeneuve said of Leto’s first camera test – this is before principle photography even began – “it was like seeing Jesus walking into a temple. Everybody became super silent, and there was a kind of sacred moment. Everyone was in awe. It was so beautiful and powerful -I was moved to tears.”
Leto himself reckons he could have gone deeper, saying “I didn’t dive as deep down the rabbit hole as maybe I’ve done before.”
He could, of course, be referring to his time playing the Joker in last year’s Suicide Squad, which saw him sending gross gifts to his castmates, among other disturbing behaviour.
For more on Blade Runner 2049, read about how its timeline chronicles the history between the original movie and the sequel, and check out IGN’s interview with original Blade Runner director Ridley Scott.