The outcry against Rayon in Dallas Buyer's Club is less about Jared Leto playing a trans woman, and more about an industry where Rayon is the only trans woman allowed to exist.
The Oscar-nominated actor took time to engage with a heckler who believed Leto's role in Dallas Buyers Club should have gone to a transgender woman.
Will Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey sing a different tune from their Golden Globe speeches, if they win the Oscar for their roles in Dallas Buyers Club?
Jared Leto talked with Jon Stewart on Tuesday about his dedication to presenting a trans charter on screen who wasn’t a cliché.
The actor turned rock star says he met two young trans people last year, which helped inspire the role of Rayon, possibly his most laudable role yet.
"I want[ed] to make sure that everyone’s OK with me playing this part as a person who is choosing to live as a woman, and not as a cross-dresser,’ ” Leto recalls.