HOLLYWOOD won’t allow gay leads the same opportunities as their straight counterparts, according to actor Jared Leto.

The controversial star made the comments in a revealing interview with GQ, while on the press junket for his latest film Suicide Squad, where he steps into the shoes of the villainous Joker with a decidedly different interpretation.

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“I definitely don’t think a gay leading man would have the same opportunities as a straight leading man,” Leto said.

“I don’t think that. Not for a single second.

“I don’t know if that’s offensive or not, but that’s my thought right now.”

In recent years Leto has made a name for himself in Hollywood as leading man material with strong takes on interesting characters.

He won an Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, playing a trans character named Rayon. LGBTI advocates had been critical that he was taking a high profile role that could have gone to a trans actress.

The actor didn’t think that the lack of opportunities was fair, but put it down to being a reality of the industry.

“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,” Leto said.

“Anyway, no, I think that this is still a very conservative business.”

There are many out actors working in Hollywood today and whether their sexualities impact their careers has been a point of much discussion. Rupert Everett has been quoted more than once stating his belief that being gay has stifled his career, while others have dismissed it as essentially a non-issue.

Leto believed that Americans would accept a gay lead in films, though — or he hoped they would at the very least.

Suicide Squad is now playing in cinemas across Australia.

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