Belfast Telegraph

Jared couldn't manage meal

Jared Leto struggled to finish a special Thanksgiving meal because of his weight loss for Dallas Buyers Club.

The American actor-and-musician shed almost 40 pounds for his latest role as transsexual AIDS victim Rayon in film Dallas Buyers Club.

Once the movie was complete Jared remembers how excited he was to tuck into a festive meal after barely eating during production.

"It's kind of hard to let go because you make an enormous commitment. Any time you commit like that, at least for me, it's hard to stop. It takes a little while sometimes," he explained to website

"I remember eating again can start to be a little like you think you're going to eat a big meal, but you can't, because you take half a bite and you're full. I swore I was going to eat a Thanksgiving dinner. I was all geared up, and I watched everybody eating, and I took one bite and just pushed it away. I couldn't do it. So yeah, it takes a little while."

Jared once witnessed how AIDS affects sufferers personally. He was shocked to see how quickly the disease took over his former neighbour and the experience has stuck with him ever since.

"Not too far away from here when I first moved to California, I rented a bedroom in a three-bedroom apartment. One of the rooms was rented by a man in his forties who was very frail and obviously not well. I remember starting to see sores on his forehead and then I learned he had AIDS," he reminisced.

"I watched week after week as he withered away. I used to walk with him to the grocery store sometimes to get vegetables that he would put in a blender trying to get vitamins to stay alive. But he ultimately passed away. That was a pretty intense experience. He was full of humour and charm and grace, a lot like Rayon. That was pretty impactful."

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