Jared Leto shaved his beard and cut his long hair to prepare for his role as the Joker in the movie “Suicide Squad.”
Leto showed off his new short haircut on Instagram, as some fans expressed their disappointment over his long lost beard.
The naturally lanky Jared is also gaining “a lot of weight” to play the Joker, as Celebrity Health Fitness previously reported.
“I’m trying to gain a lot of weight,” said Leto. “It means I have to eat every couple of hours, and I’m terrible at eating a lot.”
In 2013, Jared, a longtime vegan and yoga devotee, lost more than 30 pounds on a month-long starvation diet to play a transsexual woman battling AIDs for the film, Dallas Buyers Club. Leto won the Academy Award for best supporting actor for his incredible performance.
The 5-foot-9 Leto slimmed down from 146 pounds to less than 116 pounds by fasting for four weeks. Jared confessed the drastic weight fluctuations and yo-yo dieting take a toll on your body. ”
It can be an incredibly rewarding, but also destructive, thing to do,” said Leto. “Your body changes forever. I always try to talk people out of it.”
Leto, who at 43 looks a decade younger, has credited a vegan diet and yoga workouts for his age-defying good looks, TheImproper reported.
“Twenty solid years of eating vegetarian/vegan and taking care of myself. That probably helps the preservation process,” said Jared. “It’s probably just down to sleep and diet.”
The age-defying effects of a vegan diet are no surprise to Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center.
“A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature — predominantly plants — is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention,” said Dr. Katz, author of Disease-Proof.
Dr. Neal Barnard agrees. “Studies suggest that free radicals [toxic molecules that form in the body] contribute to aging,” said Barnard, author of 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart. “A vegan diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, is full of antioxidants which help protect the body from damage by free radicals.”