Jared Leto thinks Hollywood still discriminates against gay actors


Suicide Squad actor Jared Leto has said Hollywood does not allow openly gay actors the same opportunities as their straight colleagues.

Jared, who has stepped into Heath Ledger's shoes to play The Joker, said Hollywood studios limit the opportunities available to gay men, especially when it comes to playing the lead.

Jared Leto as the Joker in Suicide Squad (Warner Bros. Pictures/TM & DC Comics Caption)

He told GQ: "I definitely don't think a gay leading man would have the same opportunities as a straight leading man. I don't think that. Not for a single second.

"I don't know if that's offensive or not, but that's my thought right now."

The Thirty Seconds To Mars lead singer, who was once engaged to Cameron Diaz, said the film industry was conservative.

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He explained: "It shouldn't be that way. I don't think you'll have as many opportunities. And I think you could say the same for minorities.

He added: "I think that this is still a very conservative business."

However, the 44-year-old said ideas of masculinity are increasingly in flux.

Suicide Squad cast members Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"We're in an interesting time right now where people are exploring all kinds of different ideas of identity, not just masculinity or femininity," he said.

"Maybe a whole new paradigm. I think that's great. Because a lot of people probably are marginalized still, and finding a sense of identity is critical to empowering people.

"For myself, I have never had a specific idea of masculinity. I think it's okay just to be yourself and whatever that entails."