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There’s something to say about actors who lose an extreme amount of weight to play a role in a film. To become so thin that they look emaciated and close to dying, to be weak and irritable from the lack of food, and loosing whatever previous muscle tone they once had indicates an unflaggible dedication to their craft. To put their bodies on the line for the sake of realism so that we filmgoers can watch their deteroration happen before our eyes on the big screen and know that it’s quite possibly the only non artificial thing in the entire film shows a true passion for their art.

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Best Buddies ↪ Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto

“…he presented an award, and after he got off stage we went to commercial. But then he walked over to Lupita who was sitting in the front row & bent down to hug her & gave her a kiss on the cheek. And then he kneeled down on the ground on his knee in front of her & then he put his hands on her knees & they started talking and it was the cutest fucking thing I’ve seen and omg… just…”(x)

i kno everyone is mocking jared leto for his terrible acting in suicide squad but while hes on everyones minds right now id like to remind all of u that he played a trans woman in the movie dallas buyers club. yes the famous transmisogynist trope of casting cis men to play trans women, only showing how the casters/directors/actors themselves view trans women - as ‘men in dresses.’

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It seems Hollywood has learned nothing from the barrage of criticism for casting straight actor Jared Leto in his (ultimately Oscar-winning) role as a transgender woman in “Dallas Buyers’ Club” or casting Johnny Depp, a white man, as the Native American Tonto in “The Lone Ranger.”

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Costume designers Kurt and Bart traveled from New Orleans to Houston stopping off along the way to browse through as many thrift stores as they could to find the right looks for Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, and the cast of “Dallas Buyers Club”. 

“A lot of times actors really haven’t thought about a character until they meet us,” Kurt explained. Together he and Bart have teamed up to dress the actors in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”, “Stoker” and “Step Up 3D”, among others.

“It’s incredible to have an actor walk out of a fitting and thank you and say, ‘I didn’t know who this character was until we did this,” Kurt said. 

Leto famously stayed in the character of Rayon even during his original meeting with Kurt and Bart.

“We threw a bunch of stuff in duffle bags, we went to his [hotel] room,” Kurt recalled. “Jared came out with a wig, heels, and lipstick on and said hello. And we started talking about Rayon and the clothes flew out and we went through everything. But it was very important for him to figure out who Rayon was.”

Afterwards Leto and the costume designers drove to meet the director, Jean-Marc Vallée.

“Jean-Marc has said the same thing,” Kurt said. “He said, 'I met Rayon and I didn’t meet Jared, I don’t think, until the movie was over.’”

Rayon’s fur coat can be seen at Hollywood Costume now through March 2, 2015.

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Best Buddies ↪ Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto

Backstage during the Oscars held at Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California

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Best Buddies ↪ Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto + Fellow Academy Award Winner Matthew Mcconaughey 

Backstage during the Oscars held at Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California

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Flawless People ↪ Lupita Nyong’o, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto and Matthew Mcconaughey

Pose in the press room during the Oscars at Loews Hollywood Hotel on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California