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07th Mar 2021

Jared Leto reveals his new serial killer role is inspired by a famous politician

Rory Cashin

The Oscar-winner also has nothing but praise for Denzel Washington and Rami Malek, the co-stars in new thriller The Little Things.

Lovin was lucky enough to be invited to a global press conference for Warner Brothers’ upcoming serial killer thriller The Little Things (check out our review right here), which stars Denzel Washington and Rami Malek as a pair of detectives attempting to track down a murderer, who they believe could be local loner Albert Sparma, played by Jared Leto.

The three Oscar-winning actors took part in the press conference, as well as the movie’s writer and director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Highwaymen), and producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, Rain Man).

When asked about the influences when it came to creating the character of Sparma, Leto had some unique inspirations:

“Being a physical actor is really something that I’m interested in, and I let the cat out of the bag, it’s been my secret but I actually took the walk from Kim Jong-il, that’s the son, right?” [Note: We’re pretty sure Leto means Kim Jong-un, the son of Kim Jong-il]

“He was the kind of first inspiration. I just was interested in that, I thought that Sparma feels pretty powerful when he walks across the room, so I kind of got into it that way.”

Additionally, Leto had nothing but praise for his co-stars, commenting on how they are also both incredibly physical actors, even if the work sometimes doesn’t seem all that physical:

“Rami Malek and Denzel Washington both have been great in inspiration for me, because when they work, it’s head to toe. If you watch Denzel in his movies, his whole body is alive, and that’s always the holy grail, that’s not an easy thing to do, a lot of times it’s hard to just get away from the lines.

“If you look at Rami and what he did in Bohemian Rhapsody, I remember when I saw him or the first time after that, you know at the first thing I said to him is ‘Forget the acting, what you did on the stage! That just deserves the awards in and of itself’, and as a guy who stood on thousands of stages around the world, that is not easy. They almost should have cast the musician and taught them out of act, because that’s a really hard thing to do.”

You can rent the movie premiere of The Little Things at home from Thursday, March 11.

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