Jarod Leto has been popping up everywhere, from the Ellen DeGeneres Show to the cover of GQ Style Magazine as he promotes his new movie “Suicide Squad.” Leto, who plays the Joker in the film, has notoriously played the gay lover of Alexander the Great in the film, “Alexander,” and won an Oscar for his portrayal of a transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club,” has been opening up his opinions on a wide variety of topics, including telling GQ Style that he firmly believes that Hollywood is still not ready to embrace the idea of a gay leading man,
“I definitely don’t think a gay leading man would have the same opportunities as a straight leading man. I don’t think that. Not for a single second,” Leto told the magazine. “I don’t know if that’s offensive or not, but that’s my thought right now. It shouldn’t be that way.
I don’t think you’ll have as many opportunities. And I think you could say the same for minorities. What a word, ‘minority.’ Have we taken that word off the list yet? ‘Cause it should be. Anyway, no, I think that this is still a very conservative business.”
What he may not realize is that there have been a number of gay men who reached stardom as Leading Men in the past, including Rock Hudson and (bisexual) Robert Taylor, who was one of the most popular leading men of his time. However, their sexual identity was kept secret to the general public, and both men were married to women. In fact, Taylor was once married to (bisexual actress) Barbara Stanwyck. Another “switch hitter” actor famous during the 1940’s was Farley Granger.
Although there have been questions about his own gender preferences among some people, Leto,44, himself has never admitted to such, and is generally considered to be straight, with a confirmed dating history that includes “Pinky Brewster” actress Soleil Moon Frye, Cameron Diaz and Scarlett Johansson.
However, he is a gay rights activist, and is known to have raised money to the campaign against California Proposition 8, created by opponents of same-sex marriage to overturn the California Supreme Court decision that had legalized same-sex marriage back in 2009. Leto has also spoken out in support of LGBT rights group Freedom Action Inclusion Rights (FAIR).
Other political pursuits include being an advocate for animal rights. In fact, Leto, who leads a “vegan lifestyle,” was named a global ambassador for World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) last year. In addition, has also volunteered at the charity Art of Elysium, which helps children with serious medical conditions, and given his support to the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, a program specializing in type 1 diabetes research and care.
In 2008, he and his band Thirty Seconds to Mars also joined Habitat for Humanity to work on a home being repaired and renovated through the Greater Los Angeles Area’s “A Brush With Kindness” program. They also backed Habitat for Humanity activities in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, etc.
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