Jared Leto is hard at work starring in Sony’s ‘Morbius’, based on the Marvel Comics antihero. Morbius isn’t a traditional vampire, in that he is scientifically-based, not supernatural. But even so, Leto has been fascinated by vampires and their lore since childhood.
While ‘Morbius’ is filming in London, Leto jetted to New York to attend the Tribeca Film Festival for the premiere of ‘A Day In the Life of America’, an experimental documentary he created with his band Thirty Seconds to Mars. While there, he sat down with the film podcast “The Big Ticket” by Variety and iHeart, where he discussed growing up as a vampire fan, and which works served as his greatest inspirations.
“When I was a kid, I remember being at my grandmother’s house in Louisiana and the original OG [Bela Lugosi] would come on and just being pretty transfixed as some many of us were when we saw that. And then the Anne Rice era was big for my brother and I. We passed those books around to each other.”
He also cited Gary Oldman’s performance in Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’, and the 1983 classic, ‘The Hunger’ which starred David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve, and Susan Sarandon. But Leto also mentioned the 2009 Korean movie ‘Thirst’, which, like ‘Morbius’ took a scientific approach to the concept of vampires.
However, he wasn’t a fan of one of the most successful franchises in the genre– ‘Twilight’. “I was just too damn old. I was just too damn old, too old, too jaded, too over prepubescent ideas of romance.” (Did I mention he was the lead singer of Thirty Seconds to Mars? Just checking.)
Daniel Espinosa is directing ‘Morbius’, which costars Tyrese Gibson as Simon Stroud, Adria Arjona as Martine Bancroft, Matt Smith as Loxias Crown, and Jared Harris. The picture opens on July 31st, 2020.