Actor Jared Leto, who stars as Joker in the film Suicide Squad, feels that Hollywood is not yet ready for a gay leading man. The 44-year-old actor also argued that Hollywood is still an extremely conservative place especially when it comes to opportunities for LGBT actors, reports ew.com. “I definitely don’t think a gay leading man would have the same opportunities as a straight leading man,” Leto told GQ Style magazine.
“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. It shouldn’t be that way. I don’t think you’ll have as many opportunities,” he added.
Leto also held similar views for minorities in the industry. “And I think you could say the same for minorities. What a word, ‘minority’. Have we taken that word off the list yet? Because it should be. Anyway, no, I think that this is still a very conservative business,” Leto said.
Earlier, Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto said that to play the Joker is nothing less than an honour for him as he follows in the footsteps of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. The 44-year-old actor is set to take on the iconic role for the first time this summer as he stars in the eagerly anticipated Suicide Squad, reported Entertainment Weekly. “You’re kind of walking upon hallowed ground, and it deserves the very best that you can do. It takes over your life and that’s what I needed to do for myself,” he said.