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Jared Leto To Play Hugh Hefner In Biopic So Let’s See How Method He Goes

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Will Jared Leto sleep with hundreds of women in order to channel Hugh Hefner? That remains to be seen, although chances are Leto has already done that.

Just last week we got word Hefner, Playboy founder and legend had passed away at the age of 91, and of course Hollywood didn’t waste much time in getting a movie on his life in the words. While Brett Ratner is attached to direct the biopic, Oscar winner Leto will be donning the silk pajamas in order to play Hef.

The project was being discussed with Ratner at the helm back in April and Hefner himself gave his blessing at the time. Here’s what Hefner said:

“In recent years there has been plenty of interest and much conversation about doing a feature film based on my life. I have always believed that when the timing was truly right, the perfect creative partners would come together for this project. I believe we’ve found those partners in Brett Ratner and RatPac Entertainment. I’m very much looking forward to this collaboration.”

It will be interesting to see how far the 45-year-old actor goes for this role as this is the same dude who blinded himself for a role and the same dude who sent his co-stars used condoms while preparing for his role as the Joker.

No word yet on what tone the movie will aim for, but you can be sure of a few things: there will be plenty of naked gals and Leto will do something insane for the role and keep talking about it in every single damn interview.

Keep an eye out for this one, folks.

And don’t forget about these other method actors either.

In pretty much every role of his career, Day-Lewis has been known to be a bit of an extremist. One of his three Oscar speeches, prefacing his retirement from acting, mentioned that his wife had been "living with several different men" over the years. Other actors have said to avoid him because he would get almost too into his roles. Most notably, his role in There Will Be Blood led him to actually start hurling bowling balls at his costar during the filming of its final scenes, like a full-on madman. 

For Monster, Charlize Theron gained 30 pounds and drastically changed her look and makeup in order to  play of the role of a homicidal hooker. She won an Oscar for Best Actress.

Heath Ledger is one of the few, if that, to pull off an Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor in a superhero film with his role as The Joker. He and Christopher Nolan saw eye to eye on all the existential details involving the character, but probably not eye to eye on locking himself in a hotel room for weeks and taking a cocktail of different pills.

His roles are vastly different from one to the next, but each has a certain level of madness to them. People thought Phoenix had flipped his lid when they saw his late night appearance with David Letterman to promote I'm Still Here. Boy, he got us good!

The photo speaks volume of his role in Machinist, getting down to an ungodly and unhealthy weight for his role. Compared to  his cut for the Batman films, this is hauntingly scary, definitely not something many actors would be willing to partake in for any ol' role.

Brody, the youngest man to win an Academy Award, prepared for his role in The Pianist by disposing of his phone, car and shredding most of his worldly possessions, along with 30 pounds. He said the isolation and lack of belongings helped him understand loss and disconnection but also the gratitude for human connection when playing a survivor of Warsaw during World War II.

Depp is clearly committed to his makeup trailer, but the actor practiced for weeks for his role in Edward Scissorhands by using his blades for hands. That wouldn't get old fast.

Between moving to Sicily to get his Corleone accent down and working 12-hour shifts as a taxi driver to play Travis Bickle, De Niro is fairly method for a guy who never has to wear any makeup. I heard those Focker nipples were real, too.

Hunnam explained in interviews for The Lost City of Z that he didn't have much of a relationship with Robert Pattinson, considering he didn't meet him while filming the movie. That's because he never broke character between scenes, cut himself off in the Amazon and didn't talk to his girlfriend for six months, save for some handwritten letters. Maybe he just doesn't like vampires and relationships, but it was worth it after seeing the finished product.

Brando was pretty OG when it came to method acting, and his role in The Men rang as a reminder when we heard he took up a month of bedrest at a local California military hospital for his role as a paraplegic war vet. Goddamn do we miss him!

h/t Variety

And speaking of Hugh: This Is Probably The Greatest Hugh Hefner Story I Have Ever Read