At the 2014 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and hosted by Conan O’Brien, Jared Leto took the opportunity to discuss the ongoing battle against AIDS.
Leto won the award for best onscreen transformation […]
"We’ve made a lot of progress in the battle against AIDS, but it’s not time to celebrate just yet. There’s no cure; the epidemic rages on. But here’s to the hope that one day we’ll put an end of this plague, and the world will rejoice knowing that no one will ever have to suffer the indignation of this sickness again, nor the intolerance, the fear or the prejudice that lives alongside it."
MTV Movie Awards
The 2014 MTV Movie Awards were handed out Sunday at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
The night kicked off with Jared Leto winning biggest on-screen transformation for Dallas Buyers Club — a role for which he also earned an Oscar earlier this year.
“The Academy is really prestigious but this is unique because everybody has the right to vote and you get people from all over the world that chime in and say whatever you want to say so it means a lot,” Leto backstage of his win. “It’s nice to be able to get up on stage and to thank people directly.”
““The Marc Bolan element and the glam rock element of the film was the director’s contribution. I actually opposed that,” Leto says, matter-of-factly, absent any malice or ill will. “There was more of that in the film originally. And I think that for the director [Jean-Marc Vallée], that was his throughway. That was his kind of guidepost into the world that Rayon lives. It was a way for him to understand her. I think it probably made a really interesting aspect of the film, to have that connection and to have Rayon have one of his heroes be Marc Bolan. That’s great. Marc Bolan was an awesome person. But, for me, I made it very clear early on that I saw Rayon as a man who wanted to live his life as a woman, not someone who enjoyed putting on women’s clothing. If they wanted that kind of performance—or anything glam, or anything drag queen-y—I wasn’t the person for the part.””
- Jared Leto (Flaunt Magazine, Feb 24 2014: http://www.flaunt.com/people/jared-leto/)
“When I was reading the script the first time, I was deeply moved and my eyes were wet. I was like, “How can I do this?” At the same time, the subject matter is so serious. How can we get out of that, and smile and laugh and have fun, and don’t go there and try to make people cry and be too serious? The screenwriter had already addressed this concern, and I came in, and I put some Marc Bolan in him and made Rayon a T. Rex fan, and tried to get some humor with Ron in this strip joint making a prayer just to have fun also with this. That’s life and it’s not always serious, but it’s not just a comedy. And then, in the cutting room, it was about finding the right balance between seriousness, comedy and respect for the facts.”
- Jean-Marc Vallée (Collider: http://collider.com/jean-marc-vallee-dallas-buyers-club-interview/)
Congratulations to Matthew McConaughey for winning the best actor Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club! The film and his fine performance highlight a simple, fundamental moral principle that is being lost in America: It’s your life.
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