Jared Leto will now be seen in the role of the Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad film starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Ben Affleck, and Cara Delevingne. As Leto is known to be a method actor and fully immerse himself in all of his roles, the film world is holding their breath to see his performance of the role, which was last played by the late and great heath Ledger.
Below is the list of the five must-watch Jared Leto movie performances. They are in order of release date, starting with the oldest leading to the most recent.
Fight Club (1999)
This was one of Leto’s earlier performances, and he played the relatively small, but important role of Angel Face. Not only does he bring his usual brilliance to the role, but Fight Club has since become a major cult classic, and is seen as a defining film of the late 1990s.
American Psycho (2000)
Once again, Jared Leto does not have the lead in this film but plays alongside Christian Bale, whose character he constantly annoys by getting his name wrong. Both Bale and Leto played brought stellar performances, making this a must see.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
This is the first film of the list that sees Leto move into a leading role. His portrayal of one of the four heroin addicts is so shocking that it is sure to scare anyone away from ever thinking about taking drugs.
Mr Nobody (2009)
This is not the simplest of films to keep up with, but that does not mean it is not worth the time to watch. Jared Leto plays an 118-year-old man at different stages in his life after the rest of humanity has achieved immortality. His performance is so unique that this film had to be on this list.
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
This final film is one that was on the tip of everyone’s tongue during the 2014 Oscars. The film cleaned up, winning a total of three Oscars, one of which was awarded to Jared Leto for his outstanding performance in the supporting role. Leto’s transformation into a transvestite battling AIDS is arguably his best performance to date.
If after these five movies, you are still left hungering for more Jared Leto, check out Panic Room (2002), Lord of War (2005), and Chapter 27 (2007).
– Paul Carlsen, Correspondent (Film)