The Internet Is Not Happy That Jared Leto Would Play Hugh Hefner In Biopic
By Izza Sofia, 04 Oct 2017
Jared Leto has officially signed on to play the late ‘Playboy’ founder Hugh Hefner in an upcoming biopic from Brett Ratner.
“Jared is an old friend,” says Ratner, who will direct the film. “When he heard I got the rights to Hef's story, he told me, ‘I want to play him. I want to understand him.’ And I really believe Jared can do it. He’s one of the great actors of today.”
Ratner even took Leto down to the Playboy mansion for a premiere of the Amazon docu-series American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, which also doubled as the tycoon’s 91st birthday party. Ratner had hoped to introduce Leto to him in person, but apparently Hef was not feeling well enough for the visit. Still, Ratner is convinced the actor will handle the role just fine.
The project however has sparked criticism from social media users who believe it is too soon to make a movie about the magazine mogul, who died just last week. Meanwhile, many other people believe Leto is the wrong actor for the role.
One person quipped, “‘Jared Leto and Brett Ratner together at last’ — said no one ever – in fact saying this out loud destroys reality.” In reference to Leto being a method actor, another person joked, “I wonder if Jared Leto will turn himself into a disgusting old man to prepare for the role.”
“Brett Ratner directing a Hugh Hefner biopic starring Jared Leto is literally the most repulsive movie pitch I’ve ever heard,” said another user. And one person expressed, “Jared Leto is starring in a Hugh Hefner biopic by Brett Ratner? Ah yes, the perfect team for that feminist legacy I’ve been hearing about.”
Read more comments from netizens about the casting decision below.
'A Hefner biopic...'— Lost in Ohtori (@lostinohtori) October 3, 2017
Me: Oh dear
'...directed by Brett Ratner...'
Me: Oh no
'...starring Jared Leto'
Me: God is dead & we have killed him
"WE'RE MAKING A HUGH HEFNER BIOPIC!"— X (@XLNB) October 3, 2017
"How can we make it sleazy upfront!"
"BRETT RATNER DIRECTING!"
"...Jared Leto." pic.twitter.com/pY0SJt3cWQ
This dude JUST died like 5 days ago and they've already cast someone to play him in a movie? Jeez. https://t.co/5QvDAIAw6Y— Khaleesi Vazquez🇵🇷 (@marietargaryen) October 3, 2017
[via Konbini, opening image via Twitter]
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