Jared Leto acted disabled off-screen for Morbius role

Jared Leto as Morbius
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Jared Leto is known for being a method actor. For his new role as Morbius, the latest movie in the Marvel Universe, he’s been acting disabled off camera as well as on.

Director Daniel Espinosa told Uproxx Leto has insisted using crutches and limp to the bathroom, his commitment has slowed down filming to such an extent the crew has to persuade him to start using a wheelchair.

Espinosa said:  “Because I think that what Jared thinks, what Jared believes, is that somehow the pain of those movements, even when he was playing normal Michael Morbius, he needed, because he’s been having this pain his whole life. Even though, as he’s alive and strong, it has to be a difference. Hey, man, it’s people’s processes.

“All of the actors believe in processes. And you, as director, you support whatever makes it as good as you can be.”

Supporting Leto’s decision to stay in character Espinosa said: “It’s more that I think the directors that don’t like actors get really frustrated about that. I think it’s really mysterious, what they do.

“Almost all actors, in general, have their own reputation of being an interesting person how he works with their characters. I think that all of them have these traits. If you want a completely normal person that does only things that you understand, then you’re in the wrong business.”

He added, “It’s very hard to be able to say, “I can take this part away and I will still get the same stuff from him.’ I don’t do that. I’m more to see like, “Hey, if you’re doing this, we have to do this.”

In a separate interview with Movie Maker Espinosa revealed Leto could arrive on set as a “fully disabled person”.

“It would take him like 20 minutes to come to the front of the camera, because it was so hard [to walk],” the director said.

“This would also create pains in his body, to twist himself like that. But it was for him to remember the pain that the character had.”

Morbius is on general release at cinemas across the UK now.