Jared Leto’s transformation so amazing Al Pacino didn’t recognize him on set

You’re not the only one who doesn’t recognize Jared Leto in Gucci House.

The shapeshifter, Oscar winner Dallas Buyers Club The actor and musician says one of his own co-stars gave him a chill on their first day of filming together, failing to realize the bald mustache was his stage partner.

“The first day I showed up to play the character, I went to see Al Pacino and said hello to him,” Leto recounted of his first meeting with the 81-year-old big screen (see above) . “And he kind of pushed me away. You could tell he couldn’t wait to get out of [the conversation].

“Someone whispered to him, ‘Hey, it’s Jared.’ And he basically fell to the ground. His mind was basically blown. And this moment really transported me through the film.

Jared Leto vs. Jared Leto in “House of Gucci” (Stefania D’Alessandro / WireImage; MGM)

Leto sports heavy prosthetics, a deeply receding hairline, a chunky suit and lots of pastels to play eccentric Paolo Gucci in director Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated high-profile drama. The film follows the tumultuous history of the famous Italian fashion dynasty amid internal conflicts that intensify after the marriage of scion Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) and Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), ultimately ending in murder. Pacino plays Paolo’s ambitious father, Aldo Gucci, while Jeremy Irons appears as Aldo’s (and Maurizio’s) reserved brother, Rodolfo Gucci.

“The physical part was about six in the morning and about an hour in the evening,” explained Leto, who lost 30 pounds to play a transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club (2013) and packed on 67 pounds to play John Lennon’s assassin, Mark David Chapman, in Chapter 27 (2007). “I think the first day the call time was around 3.35am, 3.45am. … But it was great. I really enjoyed the challenge. I love to climb this mountain, as you probably know. I like an immersive process. I like the idea of ​​transformation. These are things that really excite me.

Her other co-stars were also impressed.

“It was shocking,” says Driver. “And he’s great in the movie, and the hair and makeup is amazing.” (Indeed, Leto is getting the attention of the first Oscars for the role – and you can expect his stylists to be seriously considered for the awards as well.)

“It was amazing because I had never met him before he came on set dressed like he was,” says Irons. “And I looked at him and I couldn’t remember what he normally looked like… so I just accepted this amazing character that he walked on, and I loved his bravery and quirky side.”

Gucci House opens November 26.

Video produced by Jen Kucsak and edited by John Santo

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