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Jared Leto Talks to Jon Stewart About Playing Trans Woman in 'Dallas Buyers Club': VIDEO

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Jared Leto sat down with Jon Stewart last night to talk about his critically-acclaimed performance as a trans woman in Dallas Buyers Club. Leto yesterday was awarded Best Supporting Actor by the New York Film Critics Circle.

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Movies: Dallas Buyers Club

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Leto & McConaughey have great bristling chemistry in "Dallas Buyer's Club" 

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

"Silence = Death" was a particularly genius political slogan for AIDS activists in the 1980s. Potently succinct, righteously angry, and, best of all, both literally and spiritually true. The conversations it prompted about systemic gay oppression, political complacency, the importance of frank sexual discussion, and gay liberation -- particularly in regards to the fight against HIV and AIDS -- surely saved countless lives. But isn't it a curious thing that HIV/AIDS in the arts and entertainments still remains so tied to gay-only narratives of roughly a ten year window from the early 80s through the early 90s? Time to tell new stories from fresh perspectives?

Enter DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, one of the first AIDS dramas (that I can recall at least) that is not about the gay community. Matthew McConaughey stars as Ron Woodroff, a hard-living homophobe electrician. When we first meet him he's having a drug-fueled three way with two women behind the scenes at the rodeo. While we're watching him getting it on, he's watching a man getting gored at the rodeo. This opening sequence arguably shoves the entirely less useful 'Sex = Death' argument in your face, but the film quickly finds its footing as an involving drama about a man who doesn't know what's knocked him out and also is too damn stubborn to stay down.

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Jared Leto Landed Movie Role By Flirting With Director

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Jared Leto revealed to TV how he believes he won the role of Rayon, the transgender AIDS patient he portrays in the new film Dallas Buyers Club: good old-fashioned flirting.

There was Skype meeting set up with the director (Jean-Marc Vallée). It wasn't really an audition but it was kind of an audition - underneath it all. But I decided to use it as a test, really, for myself, to see what I had to offer. So I said hello via Skype. We were in Berlin...I said hello and reached out and grabbed some lipstick started to put it on and his mouth fell to the floor as I started to explore the character. I was wearing this jacket. I unbuttoned it, had on a little pink furry sweater and pulled it down over my shoulder, proceeded to flirt with him over the next 20 minutes and then woke up the next day with the official offer. A girl's gotta new what a girl's gotta do, baby.

He also brought up the possibility that he may have turned down a major role in an unnamed blockbuster superhero movie: "I may or may not have turned down some superheroes. I don't look that great —I thought I didn't look that good in tights, but now I know, actually."

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Jared Leto Discusses His Transsexual Character In 'Dallas Buyers Club' - VIDEO

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Jared Leto stopped by Conan O'Brien's show last night to share what it was like playing a transsexual character, Rayon, in the upcoming film Dallas Buyers Club. The film also stars Matthew McConnaughey as a cowboy struggling with HIV and Jennifer Garner as a doctor helping administer the then new drug, AZT.

On the transformation into Rayon:

RayonJARED: It was intense. I mean I lost between 30 and 40 pounds, was wearing high heels every day and as you can see, tons of other things as well. I waxed my entire body. My eyebrows included. But it was kind of nice. It was a period piece so I didn't have to do Brazilian, you know?

CONAN: That's right, it takes place in 1986.

JARED: Not exactly a 70's bush.

On the on-set reaction to his character:

JARED: I mean it's interesting, funny as I look around the set and see some of the guys working here. It was always like the biggest, toughest guy who was the first to offer his hand to me.

CONAN: Like they opened doors to you?

JARED: Or asked me to dinner. Stuff like that.

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Matthew McConaughey Fights HIV in 'Dallas Buyers Club' Trailer: VIDEO

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Matthew McConaughey lost a dramatic amount of weight to play cowboy Ron Woodroof in The Dallas Buyers Club, which also stars Jennifer Garner, and Jared Leto as a transsexual named Rayon.

Here's the film's synopsis from IMDB:

Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug taking, women loving, homophobic man who, in 1986 was diagnosed with full blown HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live. He started taking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved AZT, the only legal drug available in the U.S, which brought him to the brink of death. To survive, he smuggled non-toxic, anti-viral medications from all over the world, but yet still illegal in the U.S. Other AIDS patients sought out his medications forgoing hospitals, doctors and AZT. With the help of his Doctor, Eve Saks and a fellow patient, Rayon, Ron unintentionally created the Dallas Buyers Club, the first of dozens which would form around the country, providing its paying members with these alternative treatments. The clubs, growing in numbers and clientele, were brought to the attention of the FDA and pharmaceutical companies which waged an all out war on Ron. "DBC" follows Ron Woodroof's personal fight to survive which lasted 2191 days when he died on September 12, 1992, six years after he was diagnosed with the HIV virus.

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Jared Leto in Eye-popping Pink Drag for 'Candy': PHOTO

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Terry Richardson shot Jared Leto (or is that Katy Perry?) for the upcoming issue of Candy, the magazine "celebrating transvestism, transexuality, cross dressing, and androgyny in all its manifestations" from Madrid-based editor Luis Venegas.

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