Morbius opens in theaters this week, bringing Jared Leto’s Living Vampire to the big screen. It’s a role that comes with a major transformation as Leto’s character, Dr. Michael Morbius, goes from having a rare blood disease to acquiring superhuman abilities and a thirst for blood after having tried to heal himself. As we’ve seen in teasers and trailers, it’s a big change on all fronts for the character and it’s the transformations that lured Leto into the role. Leto spoke with ComicBook.com’s Brandon Davis and described the role and his transformations as being “perfectly suited” to his interests.
“It was a bit of both,” Leto said when asked if it was a mental or physical transformation that was the biggest challenge. “I mean, it’s kind of like a chicken and an egg there, you know, the physical informs the mental and the mental informs the physical and it was just a perfect opportunity for me to not just… You know , I had the chance to bring this character to the big screen for the first time, and I have to say, it’s an absolute honor to do so.
He continued, “It’s getting harder and harder to find a character that hasn’t been portrayed before. And the fact that this character is hitting screens for the very first time on April 1st, I’m incredibly excited at that. And the other thing that I loved is you have this transformative performance inside of this great Marvel movie and there was kind of three characters in one here, it was perfectly suited for me and what interests me.”
As for his own transformation as a character, Leto went on to explain that he was also inspired by comic book art. Leto said he spent a lot of time with the character art in the comics and it influenced his take on the character a lot.
“What I really liked was the artwork,” Leto said. “And that was really, really inspiring because of course you have the writers and the stories, the comics, but I feel like the artists also created their own stories with the visuals. And I really spent a lot of time with the art of Morbius and it’s just beautiful artwork going back to the 60s that really inspired and informed the character a bit.”
The synopsis for Morbius reads: “One of the most compelling and divisive characters in the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters comes to the big screen as Oscar winner Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic anti-hero Michael Morbius. Dangerously Ill With a rare blood disorder and determined to save others suffering from his same fate, Dr. Mobius makes a desperate gamble. While at first it seems like a drastic success, a darkness within him is unleashed. Will he prevail over evil – or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges?”
Morbius opens in theaters April 1.
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