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04/19/2007


Jared Leto Discusses Emotional and Physical Challenges for Role as Transsexual Woman with AIDS

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Jared Leto is playing a transsexual in his new film The Dallas Buyers Club.

Leto recently spoke to ET about the project:

In Dallas Buyers Club, Leto plays a transsexual named Rayon and tells ET the process of transforming into her has been life changing. "It's a lot of work to be a pretty little girl. I have a newfound respect for women in general," he said at The IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards.

"I waxed my entire body, including my eyebrows. I've lost a lot of weight because I'm playing a young person with AIDS. It's been challenging but really inspiring too." Leto told me that it was the opportunity to tell this story that lured him back to acting.

"I haven't made a movie in 5 years. I thought it was a beautifully written script [and] a wonderful character, who I just fell in love with. I figured if I was going to come back and act again, this was the one to do it."

The movie also stars Matthew McConaughey, who has also lost much weight for the film. Here's its synopsis on 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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NEWS: Afghan Tragedy, A Political Termination, The 'Pregnant Man' Speaks

OccupySpecific Road Occupy Wall Street costs a woman her job ...

Road ... and a young woman gets pimped at Occupy New Hampshire.

Road Death in Afghanistan:

At least 12 Americans were killed when a Taliban suicide car bomber attacked an armored shuttle bus in Kabul on Saturday, military officials said.

The bombing was the single deadliest assault on Americans in the capital since the war began ...

Road Rick Perry praises those trying to roll back same sex marriage in New Hampshire.

Road Go-Go Dancer appreciation week!

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Road iPhone 4S -- battery issues?

Road Famed "pregnant man" Thomas Beatie to give interview, show off kids.

Road Joan Rivers says there's no gay men at Occupy Wall Street.

SantorumFamily Road Earth's population hits 7 billion next week. How big is that?

Road New York's snowiest October ever.

Road Ellen DeGeneres dishes on the nastiness of would-be American Idols and the difficulty of coming out.

Road Rick Santorum's family values. (See his new campaign ad here. Sorry -- I'd embed it, but the Santori have disabled that function.)


Watch: Jared Leto's First Hugo Boss Commercial

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Jared Leto is the new face of Hugo Boss' fragrance HUGO. Here's his first spot.

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #865

APP-ETIZER: News anchor made to lick an iPad on April 1.

DANI SHAY: Lesbian looks like Justin Bieber.

CAT VS DOG: A slo-mo slapdown.

NIRVANA: Jared Leto channels Kurt Cobain.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.


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 road More photos of Chris Evans as Cpt. America.

 road 10th annual Gay Pride Festival to take place in Phuket, Thailand later this month.

 road Matt Drudge finally gives in to Twitter.

Gaga  road Lady Gaga tweets a photo of her cover for Vogue.

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 road Network anchors Brian Williams and Katie Couric exit Cairo and head back home to NYC. Other journalists, like Anderson Cooper, remain.

 road Never before contacted tribe apparently discovered in the Amazon: "'We're trying to bring awareness to uncontacted tribes, because they are so vulnerable. Governments often deny that they exist,' said Tess Thackara, Survival International's U.S. coordinator. 'We're releasing these images because we need evidence to prove they're there.'"

 road Sarah and Bristol Palin fail to trademark their own names.

 road Terry Richardson and Jared Leto can't stop taking pictures together.


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