Jared Leto used crutches and a wheelchair on the Morbius set, the director says

Jared Leto likes to immerse himself in his character and stay there for as long as possible. For his new movie, Morbius, that meant intentionally struggling to get around, just like the film’s title character before his transformation, director Daniel Espinosa said in an interview with Uproxx.

“Yes,” Espinosa said, confirming that Leto did indeed use a wheelchair on the set of Morbius. “I think what Jared thinks, what Jared thinks, is that he kind of needed the pain of those moves, even when he was playing the normal Michael Morbius, because he’s had that pain his whole life. Though he’s alive and strong, there must be a difference. Hey man, it’s people’s processes.

Leto plays the eponymous protagonist of the Spider-Man spin-off Morbius, Michael Morbius. The character has a blood disorder that renders him weak and forces him to use crutches to get around before a transfusion of vampire bat blood causes him to develop superpowers. Leto initially used crutches to get around on set, but they made things like bathroom breaks take longer than necessary — it reportedly lasted 45 minutes. As a compromise, Leto agreed to use a wheelchair to speed things up. Incidentally, Matt Smith, who also plays a character in the film who uses mobility aids, has no such reports.

However, Espinosa added that “almost all actors, in general, have their own reputation for being an interesting person [with] how they work with characters. I think everyone has these qualities. If you want a regular person who only does things you understand, then you’re in the wrong business. Because what is different makes them tick. It’s very hard to say, ‘I can take that part away and I’ll still get the same things from him.’”

This isn’t Leto’s first notable behavior on set. Alongside his portrayal of the Joker in David Ayers’ 2016 Suicide Squad film has been reports of questionable behavior including sending a live rat to Margot Robbie, a porn magazine to Karen Fukuhara, dead pigs and used sex toys for the entire cast.

Morbius earned $39 million in its opening weekend, along with an overwhelmingly negative response from critics, including our own review, which said the film “feels like a full-length teaser for a credit scene that promises more interesting things to come.” without ever actually arriving.

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