The Fan Appeal of Jared Leto


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Jared Leto, the man known as a mash-up of an actor and a singer. A man who is good looking, and excels in both areas equally. He isn’t exactly new as he’s in the game for quite some time now and has a few respectable releases, both in music and movies. His works that have given him public recognition are the 90s TV series My So-Called Life, movies such as Requiem for a Dream, Panic Room, American Psycho, and as frontman for the platinum-selling band, 30 Seconds to Mars. Other than that, he’s also known for his interesting dating life with past flames ranging from actresses Cameron Diaz and Scarlett Johansson.

But it is his recent role in Dallas Buyers Club that’s been getting him a whole new kind of attention lately. For one thing, the role marked his onscreen comeback after six years away promoting and touring with 30 Seconds to Mars. Jared did it big, playing the role of Rayon, a transgender in the film and was rewarded with multiple nominations during this year’s awards season. Awards season in Hollywood, as everyone knows, is when all the actors and musicians get together earlier in the year, mostly earlier with exceptions, some are held mid-year or end of the year (majority earlier). They then get rewarded with awards given out by the press, fans or industry peers on a job well done on whatever it is that they were working on previously that warranted an award nomination in the first place.


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So anyway, Jared Leto gets nominated this year for his Rayon portrayal and only now do people realise that all this while Jared Leto is actually a damn, good actor. However, this truth has been known to many for quite some time now, the guy just never had the opportunity to show off his acting chops off. Without a doubt, he was in some good flicks in the past, it was just that it was in a few obscure movies and some duds (Alexander anyone?). There were roles such as Chapter 27 where he gained weight to play John Lennon’s killer. Committed to his role? Absolutely. Committed to his music? That too as seen by the dedication to his band with him writing and composing the music. And not to mention him directing and conceptualising the band’s music videos under the name of Bartholomew Cubbins, among them the songs “From Yesterday” and “A Beautiful Lie”.

Jared is indeed a talented fellow. The fact that he won The Best Supporting Oscar for a Supporting Actor, things are really changing for the better. Having that and ‘Academy Award Winner’ tagline next to his name, it would really bring him the respect needed to further cement his status as a true star. After all, we’ve all given him the respect that he needs all this while. In public, he is seen as a true gentleman, always respectful and polite. He is seen as humble and grateful for the success that he’s had, either when at an awards show or a 30 Seconds to Mars concert. Having seen him perform live at a 30 Seconds to Mars performance, I deduce that Jared seems kind and respectful to his fans. He seemed to enjoy performing wherever he is and is sensitive to his surroundings. Of course, one can argue that it is all a public image and the likes but his conduct tells otherwise.


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The public is aware that Jared is supposedly single so the fact that he brought his mother and brother cum band mate Shannon is just touching. Him dedicating a part of his Oscars acceptance speech to his mother just makes him the absolute loyal son. It is a known fact that he acknowledged that he was raised in a single-parent family.  It seems that his mother did well in raising him.

So beyond the glitz and glamour, the rumours linking him to everybody from Lupita Nyong’o and Miley Cyrus, let’s just openly acknowledge this: That Jared Leto is first of all, is an artiste beyond the labels of musician and actor. He is a creative being and letting him be an artiste is the only way we can all enjoy the display of his artistic talents.

Jared will only go on to do bigger and better things. His latest project is a joint tour with the band Linkin Park so it looks like he’ll be focused on the music for a while. As for potential film projects, it might be a while before we see him on the big screen again. Whatever future projects that Jared Leto gets himself involved in, it’ll surely be worth the wait.