In a new interview with GQ, Jared Leto called out casting discrimination against gay actors.
“I definitely don’t think a gay leading man would have the same opportunities as a straight leading man. I don’t know if that’s offensive or not, but that’s my thought right now. It shouldn’t be that way.
“This is still a very conservative business.“
This summer, there’s only one gay actor has been featured in a blockbuster, Zachary Quinto in Star Trek Beyond. (One of its characters, Sulu, is gay, which might inspire more inclusion in summer tentpoles –pun intended.)
Leto won an Oscar for portraying the role of a transgender woman, Rayon, in Dallas Buyers Club but his casting at the time, caused controversy among transgender people, who accused him of “transface” –when cisgender person “takes” a part that would be more authentically portrayed by a trans actor.
Leto went on about conforming to traditional concepts of masculinity,
“I think there’s room for everything. And a lot of times you’re just hearing echoes of other people’s insecurities — of how they think things should be.
We’re in an interesting time right now where people are exploring all kinds of different ideas of identity, not just masculinity or femininity. 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 OK just to be yourself and whatever that entails.”
What he said. For the full interview and more photos, go here.
(Photos, Thomas Whiteside; via GQ)