Jared Leto Shows Off His Scary Skinny, Starved Body


We’ve seen Jared Leto in drag and we’ve seen him without eyebrows but we have yet to see the most shocking image of the transformation he’s undergone for his new film Dallas Buyers Club. As you may know, Leto plays an HIV positive transsexual in the film and he has had to make some changes to his body for the role. Yes, he waxed off his eyebrows for the part … but he’s also starved his body as well. Click below to see just how scary Jared looks these days … but be warned, it’s not a pretty sight. Yikes.

Jared Leto lifts his shirt to reveal his shockingly skinny frame – after starving himself for a month to play the role of a HIV-positive transsexual woman in the Dallas Buyers Club. The actor and 30 Seconds To Mars star has shed a drastic amount of weight for the role – much like his co-star Matthew McConaughey. However, while McConaughey has been on a slim-down mission for six months, Leto has transformed his physique in little over a month after only recently getting involved in the project. Jared, 40, who has waxed his body hair and eyebrows for the movie, is seen here in a snap taken by famed photographer Terry Richardson. It shows him lifting his T-shirt to expose his hollowed torso and jutting rib cage. This week Jared told Vulture about how he has been suffering for his art, revealing he has essentially starved himself for the past month. He said of the weight loss: ‘Your body goes through weird stages. Sometimes it’s hard to hold on to water. But for me, it’s not about the most weight I can lose, it’s more to represent the character.’ He went on: ‘Historically, people have done it for pursuit of self, to achieve a meditative state, so I’m hoping for that. It’s not necessarily a bad thing.’ Explaining his involvement in the Jean-Marc VallĂ©e-directed movie – which marks his return to the big screen after 2009’s Mr Nobody – he said: ‘I’m playing a transsexual woman. I didn’t get involved in the project until a few weeks ago, three and a half weeks ago.’

Ugh. So it sounds like he had to go on a crash starvation diet to lose all his weight. This does not look nor does it sound healthy but, I guess, sometimes artists suffer for their work. A few years ago, Leto put on a lot of weight really quickly for his role as Mark David Chapman in the 2007 film Chapter 27 and then he quickly got back down to his regular size afterward. This time, the weight loss is in reverse. I guess it takes a strong test of will to want to do this one’s body but, clearly Jared loves his work. I can’t really look at this photo for too long, it makes me hurt. I mean, am I right?


  • ClaireMichelle

    Nooooooooo. I can’t look at that picture, either. And I definitely can’t unsee it. I can’t wait for him to be able to put weight back on again.

  • Jennifer Wilson

    oh my gross! …and that is the second time today i have exclaimed that on PITNB!

    in the before-the-jump photo i thought he looked like a young angela lansbury. is that weird?

    • Ally A.

      He looks like Courtney Cox to me. : (