Earlier reports were incorrect and not confirmed by his representatives.”Playboy Enterprises also announced it’s stepping away from the Hefner biopic after Rater’s allegations were reported.
“We are deeply troubled to learn about the accusations against Brett Ratner,” a spokesperson from the company said in a statement.
, in which he played a transgender woman) and transformed himself into one of the most interesting and in-demand actors working today. When I was a kid, I was really inspired by bands like Pink Floyd, The Who, Led Zeppelin. Those people are royals to me and heroes and, you know, I'm always just astounded at people’s bravery and honesty and how they're willing to speak their mind and make change. When I was shooting , I did get some unwanted attention, negative attention from people, and oftentimes people just kinda walked to the other side of the room. That stuff has a tendency to go viral or something. I mean, it was a kind of scary prospect to take on a role that had been portrayed so well by such a phenomenal actor in Heath Ledger.
Of course, those extremes—which apply, too, to his fashion choices—also makes him a man of memes. Those bands really changed my life because they were rule-breakers. You come face to face with people, night after night after night, that really affects you when you’re on stage. Certainly they didn’t know who I was, but, you know, I guess what I looked like made people uncomfortable at that time. But it also was an opportunity and something that, as challenging as it seemed, was quite an honor to be asked to take the baton and run with it.
I want to understand him.' And I really believe Jared can do it. My goal is to do the motion picture as an event." Leto's casting has been in the works for a while – back in April, Ratner invited Leto to the Playboy Mansion for the premiere of Amazon's docuseries American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, an occasion which also marked Hefner's 91st birthday.
Ratner hoped to introduce Leto to Hefner that evening, knowing that he would play him in the film, but due to Hefner's waning health he wasn't greeting guests.
He's reportedly had his sights set on a biopic of Hefner since 2007, and the film is now in early development at Ratner's production company."Jared is an old friend," Ratner said.
The actor's statement arrives shortly after the director was accused of sexual harassment or misconduct by six women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, who shared their accounts in a : “Jared Leto is not and was not attached to a Brett Ratner-directed Hugh Hefner film, nor will he be working with him in the future.
He made his film debut in How to Make an American Quilt (1995) and received critical praise for his performance in Prefontaine (1997).
Leto played supporting roles in The Thin Red Line (1998), Fight Club (1999) and American Psycho (2000), as well as the lead role in Urban Legend (1998), and earned critical acclaim after portraying heroin addict Harry Goldfarb in Requiem for a Dream (2000).
Someone pushed me to do it, like, someone called my name out. I told you you were going to win before, and you looked at me kinda like you're looking at me now, like, "Go to hell." You know what? I was both—the Joker was an intense and incredible experience. And there was some trouble, let’s just say, and I figured out that I could I could levitate. I’m surprised that I didn’t get a letter from a lawyer.
No, no, no, it was—oh, the song that I bombed on was “Eye of the Tiger”. It was at a wedding in front of hundreds of people. I think I already screwed up and said the name of my character.
You know, I do remember, and it’s always still exciting to hear your song on the radio. You know, we never thought we would ever have a song on the radio. And I had learned, through my history of working in film, that the more that I stay committed, usually the better the work is. Three movies, back to back to back: lipstick, no eyebrows, and no body hair. I’m rebelling against this hairless animal that I was. I do remember kissing a girl and, like, getting almost dizzy. That was kind of the first,, you know, seventh, eighth-grade kiss.