Have a look at the picture below and tell us he doesn't look like Jesus. Know who he is? He is the one and only Jared Leto, who celebrates his birthday today, December 26. Funny he's born just a day after Christmas. Known to be selective about his film roles, the method actor is famous for his constant devotion to his roles – he often remains completely in character for the entire duration of shooting, often affecting his health in the process.
Not just a fine actor, Jared is also the lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter for Thirty Seconds to Mars, a band he formed almost two decades ago with his older brother Shannon Leto. The band has sold over 15 million albums worldwide and Jared has also directed a handful of award-winning music videos. We wish the multi-talented Leto a very happy birthday. As he turns 45 today, let's have a look at his top five roles.
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Leto's performance as a transgender woman in this film earned him an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor. While these three awards were the ones that gained a lot of media attention, he also won close to 35 more for this role.
Mr. Nobody (2009)
This fantasy film is about a man who reflects on his actual life and all the possible outcomes for his different choices. Leto received a lot of praise for playing the titular role of a 34-year-old as well as a 118-year-old.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
This film was easily the turning point in Leto's career. To prepare for the intense role of a heroin addict, he lived on the streets with addicts and spent months starving himself to lose weight.
Suicide Squad (2016)
While the film might not have been the greatest (nor was his screen-time), his portrayal of the Joker was brilliant. To prepare for the role, he spent time alone, listened to gospel music, spoke to doctors and even spent time with psychopaths.