Prefontaine Los Angeles, CA
March 9, 2012 by staff
Prefontaine Los Angeles, CA, Leto was named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” in 1996 and 1997.
Leto took his first leading role in 1997′s Prefontaine, a biography of 1970′s Olympic hopeful Steve Prefontaine. For the role, Leto immersed himself in the runner’s life, meeting with members of the family and Prefontaine’s friends. He bore a striking resemblance to the real Prefontaine, also adopting athlete’s voice and upright running style. The transformation was so complete, that when the runner’s sister, Linda, first saw him in character, she broke down and cried. Critical response praised Leto’s acting; Peter Stack of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “With hypnotic blue eyes and dirty blond hair, Leto captures the rock-star style Prefontaine affected, and he looks natural in fiery performances on the track, as well as off, where Pre affected a brash, confrontational style,” while Lisa Alspector of the Chicago Reader felt that “As the driven competitor who learns to make hubris work for him, Jared Leto gives a complex performance that suggests a deep, intriguing interior to the character even as he maintains a convincing one-dimensional facade.”
After landing the lead role of a British aristocrat in the 1998 drama Basil, Leto starred in the teen horror film Urban Legend. He plays a school journalist and love interest of Alicia Witt’s character. Together, they go up against a crazed killer that is recreating urban legend massacres. The film was a massive success commercially, though critics mostly disliked the film. Leto was then pleased to get a role in the World War II film The Thin Red Line, as part of a cast including Sean Penn, Nick Nolte and Adrien Brody. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and was a moderate success at the box office. In 1999, he appeared as a gay high school teacher who attracts the attentions of Robert Downey, Jr. in James Toback’s Black and White. The same year, he co-starred with Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie in James Mangold’s Girl, Interrupted, a film that tells the story of mental patient Susanna Kaysen, and which was adapted from Kaysen’s memoir of the same name. Leto was nominated for a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor for his performance, but lost to Michael Clarke Duncan for The Green Mile. He was also seen in David Fincher’s cult classic Fight Club, a film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel of the same name. While Edward Norton and Brad Pitt were the lead roles, Leto took the supporting role of a bleached blond Angel Face that was beaten almost beyond recognition.
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