Best Jared Leto Movies from the 2010s, Ranked
When it comes to entertainment, Jared Leto has it covered. The prominent actor’s career has spanned across several genres including two comic book universes. Most recently, Leto took on the character of Morbius, the Living Vampire in the superhero film Morbius. Before that, he created his own interpretation of DC’s Joker in Suicide Squad. Not only is Leto a very talented actor, he is the lead singer for the acclaimed rock band 30 Seconds To Mars. He is certainly a Renaissance Man with several talents. His vocals are on par with his acting abilities, and the band has released several successful albums. At the same time, Leto is an Academy Award winner for his brilliant performance in Dallas Buyers Club.
Leto was born in Bossier City, Louisiana and moved from city to city with his mother after the suicide of his father. While enrolled in the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Leto gained much interest in film and eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. His breakthrough role came when he was cast opposite Claire Danes in the ABC series, My So-Called Life. Since then, Leto has been working steadily in the film and music industries. He recently portrayed Adam Neumann in the AppleTV+ series WeCrashed, and, per WGTC, he is set to reprise his role as Joker in the Untitled Jared Leto/Joker Project. Although there may not be many, let’s focus on Jared Leto’s best movies of the 2010s, ranked.
Martin Zandvliet directed the crime thriller The Outsider, and the film was released on Netflix in 2018. The film takes place in 1954, close to a decade after World War II. Leto plays Nick Lowelll, a prisoner in Osaka among several Yakuza criminals. Although Lowell is not Japanese, he finds himself deep into the underground world of Japanese crime after a series of events starting with his time in prison. The film is filled with suspense, violence, and action from beginning to end. At the same time, it gives you a deep look into the world of organized crime in Japan post-World War II. Leto gives a fantastic performance filled with intensity and passion. The film also showcases the deep history of Japanese culture and the politics within the Yakuza. The film is currently streaming on Netflix.
Although Leto’s performance as Joker in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad might not be for everyone, there is no doubt that Leto gave it his all to create a fascinating and entertaining character. At the same time, his character had minimal screen time, making it a great example of scene-stealing. The film focuses on a group of villains from the DC Universe who are put to the task of saving the world against a threat to humanity. The film has several A-list actors including Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Viola Davis. Although it may not be a perfect superhero film, it does entertain from start to finish, with a good blend of comedy and action. Leto gives us an interesting take on Joker with his tattoo-covered body, silver teeth, and mob-boss persona.
Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 was a monumental achievement in filmmaking that, once again, proved his sheer capabilities as a director. The film follows a Blade Runner named K who finds himself in over his head after he uncovers a dark secret in a dystopian version of future Los Angeles. This leads him on a journey to unite with a former Blade Runner named Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), known from the original film, Blade Runner. Leto plays a main antagonist known as Niander Wallace who is the CEO of the Wallace Corporation. Leto gives a chilling performance that is quite effective despite the lack of screen time. The film, as a whole, is a brilliant piece of science fiction filled with groundbreaking special effects from beginning to end. At the same time, Roger Deakins’ cinematography broke the mold for its innovation. Leto proved, once again, that he is unstoppable as a villain, even if it is a minor character.
In Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club, Leto gives the greatest performance of his career as the charming, yet heartbreaking, character of Rayon. Rayon assists Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) in forming a club that gives HIV/AIDS patients access to drugs that were not approved by the FDA in the 1980s. The film, as a whole, is a fascinating look into healthcare and the world of AIDS during the 1980s. The chemistry between Leto and McConaughey is top-notch and they each went on to win Academy Awards for their performances. Leto completely embodies the persona of Rayan through his emotion and physicality. The film is fantastic from beginning to end, and Vallée was unquestionably the perfect filmmaker to take on the project. Although it may be a tearjerker, there are several uplifting moments that highlight the power of love, friendship, and courage.
The Intense Training That Fueled Jay Ellis' Need For Speed In Top Gun: Maverick
Jay Ellis’ training for “Top Gun: Maverick” saw him step into an F-18 fighter jet to learn basic maneuvers while also sitting behind an experienced pilot for the more complex forms of aviation. According to Men’s Health, the actor took 45 hours of flight training while shadowing an expert by the name of Wash Job. The training involved Ellis doing barrel rolls, which caused him to turn dizzy and keep his stomach in check. Furthermore, it was difficult for him to sit in the jet due to his size. “I’m six-foot-four, 215 pounds, played college basketball,” Ellis told Men’s Health. “[I was excited to] use my body and be physical in a way I haven’t got to be with some of my other work.”
Prior to each day of shooting, Ellis and his pilot practiced their scenes in a wooden model of the cockpit. This level of preparation was imperative as they had no communication with the crew below as soon as they were in the clouds. “You’re telling the pilot, ‘I need the sun at six o’clock.’ You’re also telling the pilot where to position the plane and what maneuvers we need to fly for the film,” Ellis called. “There are scenes where many of my castmates and I are truly pulling seven g’s in the back of an F-18, cameras rolling, and we’re acting through it.”