Jared Leto is eating nonstop to gain weight to play the Joker in the “Suicide Squad,” the film adaptation of the popular DC comic book, Celebrity Health reported.
In 2013, Jared, a longtime vegan and yoga devotee, lost more than 30 pounds on a month-long starvation diet to play a transsexual woman battling AIDs for the film, “Dallas Buyers Club.”
“I’m trying to gain a lot of weight,” said Leto. “It means I have to eat every couple of hours, and I’m terrible at eating a lot.”
Dramatic weight loss and weight gain is nothing new for the versatile Jared, who won an Academy Award for best supporting actor for “Dallas Buyers Club.” The naturally lanky 5-foot-9 Leto slimmed down from 146 pounds to less than 116 pounds by fasting for four weeks.
Jared confessed the drastic weight fluctuations and yo-yo dieting take a toll on your body. “It can be an incredibly rewarding, but also destructive, thing to do,” said Leto. “Your body changes forever. I always try to talk people out of it.”
Leto, who at 43 looks a decade younger, has credited a vegan diet and yoga workouts for his age-defying good looks. “Twenty solid years of eating vegetarian/vegan and taking care of myself. That probably helps the preservation process,” Jared told GQ. “It’s probably just down to sleep and diet.”
Other celebrities who extol the anti-aging, health, and weight loss benefits of a vegan diet include Samuel L. Jackson, who credited a vegan diet for his 40-pound weight loss and Jennifer Lopez, who recently lost 10 pounds on a vegan diet.
For exercise, Leto does yoga workouts, hikes and cycles. “I’m a pretty adventurous hiker, so I like to crawl through the brush,” said Leto, the frontman for the band Thirty Seconds To Mars. “I like to be outdoors.”
Swore Never to Gain Weight After Gaining 67 Pounds for ‘Chapter 27’
Leto’s decision to gain weight for the “Suicide Squad” is surprising since he previously swore he would never gain weight for another film role after the 2007 drama, “Chapter 27.”
For that movie, Jared gained 67 pounds to play John Lennon’s assassin, Mark David Chapman. Leto, who binge-ate to puff up, said the unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle took its toll physically and psychologically.
“To get into character I just ate giant pizzas and everything you know you’re not supposed to eat,” said Leto. “That’s what you eat to gain weight like that. If you’re a young actor reading this, you should never do that. It’s really stupid. It’s a mental and physical challenge. Putting on the weight was very difficult and very weird. I started every meal completely stuffed.”
After losing the weight in 2008, Leto vowed he would never again gain weight for a film role because carrying the excess weight on his slender frame damaged his health. “I’d never do it [gain a lot of weight for a role] again,” said Jared. “It definitely gave me some problems. I don’t know if it was gout, but I had a definite problem with my feet.”
Leto added: “I couldn’t walk for long distances, I had a wheelchair because it was so painful. My body was in shock from the amount of weight I gained. It took about a year to get back to a place that felt semi-normal.”