Jesus sighted on the set of 'Blade Runner 2049' according to Villeneuve

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Oscar-winning actor went 'blind Jesus' on the set of 'Blade Runner 2049'

"This didn't prepare me for what was to come"

We've reached the point in Blade Runner 2049's promotional tour where we must pay homage to the Oscar-winning actor's legendary method approach. In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Director Denis Villeneuve sang the praises about Leto's portrayal as blind replicant scientist, Niander Wallace. Perhaps sacred best describes Villeneuve's experience working with Leto -

"We all heard stories about Jared, how he transforms into the characters, but even this didn’t prepare me for what was to come"

What came next is the stuff of legends. Perhaps Leto's crowning achievement in the actor's method repertoire. According to Villeneuve -

“He entered the room, and he could not see at all. He was walking with an assistant, very slowly. It was like seeing Jesus walking into a temple. Everybody became super silent, and there was a kind of sacred moment. Everyone was in awe. It was so beautiful and powerful — I was moved to tears. And that was just a camera test!”

"It was like seeing Jesus walking into a temple"

Forget about the days when Leto went homeless for two weeks, abstained from sex for two months (not a stretch for many) and ate 62 lbs worth of pizza and Haggen Daz (all this, on top of his recent rodeo with love-fueled condoms and henchmen delivering dead hogs). While Villeneuve was moved to tears, the Oscar-winning actor touted it was just another day on the set -

“I didn’t dive as deep down the rabbit hole as maybe I’ve done before, but I stayed really focused. I’m crazy, but I’m not insane."

"I'm crazy but I'm not insane"

Check out blind Jesus in this prequel short "2036: Nexus Dawn". Blade Runner 2049 arrives in theaters October 6

Blade Runner: 2049 - prequel short "2036: Nexus Dawn"

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