Jared Leto is notorious for his savage methodical approach to acting, and that obviously didn’t change much when he took Morbius. In a new interview with Uproxx, director Daniel Espinosa confirmed the rumor that Leto’s process involved limping on the toilet with crutches to stay in character.
Asked about the rumors of Leto’s long journeys during the interview, Espinoza answered with a simple “Yes”. It was reported that Leto often tripped on crutches to and from the bathroom, leading to prolonged downtime.
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In Morbius, Leto plays Michael Morbius, who suffers from a rare blood disease that destroys his body. Because of this, the character requires crutches to move – something Leto decided to take with him during bath breaks.
This resulted in trips to the toilet lasting up to 45 minutes, with the result that the production team entered into an agreement with him that included transporting him back and forth in a wheelchair. But despite the inconvenience, Espinosa seems to feel that Leto’s devotion was only part of the job.
“I think what Jared thinks, what Jared thinks, is that somehow he needed the pain of those moves, even when he was playing the normal Michael Morbius, because it hurt all his life,” Espinoza said. “Even though he is alive and strong, it must make a difference. Hello, man, it’s human processes.”
“All actors believe in procedures,” he continued. “And you, as a director, support what makes it as good as you can.”
Of course, this is not the first time Leto has been accused of strange methodical behavior in the shooting of his films. During the filming of his role as the Joker in Suicide Squad, the actor allegedly took part in some incredibly unobtrusive acts, which included sending his teammates wild savage objects such as condoms, anal beads, and even a dead pig. .
Unfortunately for Espinoza and Leto, the actor’s commitment to the character of Michael Morbius did not translate into a film with much acceptance. Currently, Morbius is at a whopping 16% at Rotten Tomatoes, making it Marvel’s second-highest-grossing film behind the relaunch of Fantastic Four.
In our review of Morbius, we said, “Morbius is impressive in ways that waste the potential of what could be an interesting hybrid of awful horror and superhero emotions.”
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Billy Givens is a freelance writer at IGN.