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“You’re screwing this up kid”: Jared Leto Forgot His Words During the Oscars Acceptance Speech After Taking One Look at Robert De Niro in the Crowd

Jared Leto Forgot His Words During the Oscars Acceptance Speech After Taking One Look at Robert De Niro in the Crowd

While the past few years haven’t exactly been the best for Jared Leto in the acting realm, following the abysmal Morbius, the actor has his fair share of highs under his belt. From delivering an exquisite performance in Requiem for a Dream to Blade Runner 2049 despite less screen time, the actor has often hit it out of the park with the right material in hand.


And one of his finest performances arrived playing the supporting character in Dallas Buyers Club, which earned him his Oscar win. But while delivering his acceptance speech at the Academy Awards, the Suicide Squad Star stumbled over his words for a brief moment after making eye contact with Robert De Niro.

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Jared Leto
Jared Leto

Locking Eyes With Robert De Niro Made Jared Leto Nervous

Despite starring opposite Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto wasn’t overshadowed by McConaughey’s presence in the film, standing out playing Rayon in the drama. As a result, the actor deservingly took home his Oscar Win for Best Supporting Actor, but things went a little off track during his acceptance speech. While Leto delivered a heartwarming speech, dedicated to his mom and brother, for a brief period he stumbled over his words after locking eyes with Taxi Driver Star Robert De Niro, as it made him nervous. According to Pressparty, Leto recalled,

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“You know, a funny thing happens while you’re standing up there in front of all of these incredibly inspiring, impressive people that you’ve grown up watching on the screen. For some reason, I locked eyes with Robert De Niro at the beginning of my speech and he’s looking at me like, ‘you’re screwing this up kid.'”

Fortunately for Mr. Nobody Star, rolling his eyes back to his mom helped him pull it together, which resulted in him delivering a beautiful speech flowering his mom and brother with love.

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Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro

Jared Leto’s Body Took a Toll for the Oscar-Winning Role

Securing the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor was far from convenient for Jared Leto, as apart from fully transforming into the tragic character, the actor lost substantial weight. While Leto was already slim before the filming for Dallas Buyers Club kickstarted, he lost an additional 38 pounds for the role. Per The New York Times, Leto said,


“I was already very thin. I may have got down to 112 or 113 (pounds), or something. I’m a healthy 150lbs. now. When you lose weight like that it’s a great tool. It changes the way that you walk, the way you talk, the way you think, the way you feel, the way people treat you. It changes everything about who you are.”

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Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

But apart from being an accomplished actor, Leto has also enjoyed great success in the realm of music, leading his band Thirty Seconds to Mars to prominent heights. 

Dallas Buyers Club is available to rent on Apple TV.

Source: The New York Times, Pressparty



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Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with Batman and The Everly Brothers. Apart from pursuing animation and analyzing movies, he possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a content writer at Fandomwire with over 1000 articles.