Leto Blinded Himself For “Blade Runner 2049”

Jared Leto is so method that he rendered himself blind (temporarily) during the filming of Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049”.

In the upcoming sci-fi sequel, Leto plays the villain of the piece – the blind Niander Wallace. According to the Wall Street Journal, Leto took the role so seriously he spent the shoot wearing contact lenses that made him blind. Villeneuve explained how Leto’s first camera test went down:

“We all heard stories about Jared, how he transforms into the characters, but even this didn’t prepare me for what was to come. He could not see at all. He was walking with an assistant, very slowly. It was like seeing Jesus walking into a temple. Everybody became super silent, and there was a kind of sacred moment. Everyone was in awe. It was so beautiful and powerful – I was moved to tears.”

Leto himself says that he was less method in this role than some of his others he’s done. “Blade Runner 2049,” which clocks in at a whopping 160 minutes, opens in cinemas on October 6th.