Now playing in limited release and expanding into more theaters this weekend is Jean-Marc Vallée’s drama Dallas Buyers Club. Based on a true story, the film stars Matthew McConaughey as a Texas electrician who, after being diagnosed with AIDS in 1986, began to smuggle alternative and illegal treatments into the US and into the hands of other patients, along with his business partner, a transgender AIDS patient brilliantly played by Jared Leto. While I’ve seen a lot of great performances this year, McConaughey and Leto are at the top of the list. Both give the film their heart and soul and they will both be rewarded with nominations during award season. Dallas Buyers Club is not to be missed. The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis O’Hare, Steve Zahn, Michael O’Neill, Dallas Roberts, Griffin Dunne, and Kevin Rankin.
During the Toronto press day for the film, I was able to speak with Leto. He talked about why he wanted to be involved in the project, how daunting it was to tell the story in the limited time of an independent shoot, what he collects, and more (including why I’m mad at him). Hit the jump to watch.
- After complimenting his performance and the film, I explain why I’m mad at him.
- What got him involved in the project?
- How daunting was telling the story with the limited time an independent shoot provides?
- Does he collect anything?
- Talks about a few artists he likes and who have collaborated with his band 30 Seconds to Mars.