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WATCH: Jared Leto’s Stunning Award-Caliber Performance In “Dallas Buyers Club,” Plus Photos From Premiere

Is it too early to call an end to the awards race for best supporting actor and give all 2013’s plaudits to Jared Leto? The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman, still beloved by an entire generation as bad boy Jordan Catalono in the LGBT-inclusive TV classic My So-Called Life, took a break from selling out stadiums around the globe to return to acting as Rayon, an HIV-positive transgender woman in the upcoming Dallas Buyers Club. The fact-based drama focuses on Ron Woodruff (Matthew McConaughey), one of the most unlikely heroes of the first decade of the AIDS epidemic. A gay-bashing homophobe, Woodruff was diagnosed with the disease in 1986 and refused to accept his doctor’s diagnosis that he had only 30 days left. After he nearly died from taking AZT, Woodruff began smuggling anti-viral meds, unapproved by the FDA, from all over the world. In the film, Woodruff teams with Rayon to create the Dallas Buyers Club, which offered its paying members life-prolonging alternative drug treatments. In his first movie in half a decade, Leto performs without a hint of cliche that often tempers straight actors’ portrayals of LGBT characters. His Rayon, a composite character based on several real-life people, provides a welcome and tender balance to the anger and bluster of McConaughey’s equally impressive work as Woodruff.

Dallas Buyers Club will open in limited release November 1 and expand into more theaters later in the year. See photos below from last week’s premiere held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles. [Check back next week for Queerty’s interview with Let0.]

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By:           Jeremy Kinser
On:           Oct 22, 2013
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  • 3 Comments
    • jmmartin
      jmmartin

      Upon seeing him in “Requiem for a Dream,” I thought Jared Leto was the most beautiful man acting in film since Alain Delon. Even Johnny Depp has done trans turns (he had a cameo in Julian Schnabel’s “Before Night Falls”), but this part appears to be so convincing a stranger to the story walking into the theater mid-film might be shocked on learning it’s a man behind those long lashes, high cheekbones, and voluptuous lips. I can’t wait to see it!

      Oct 22, 2013 at 7:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Polaro
      Polaro

      I am intrigued.

      Oct 22, 2013 at 9:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TVC 15
      TVC 15

      OMG, I’ve always loved Jared. He’s still so dreamy. I remember watching “My So Called Life,” and lamenting its early demise. It was such a great show.

      Oct 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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