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.
“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.