Don’t blame Jared Leto

Jared Leto as Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club

Jared Leto has received some criticism for his role as Rayon, a transgender woman with AIDS during the 1980s AIDS epidemic in the film Dallas Buyers Club. Detractors say the part should have gone to a woman who identifies as transgender and that casting a straight, cisgender, white man in the role is disrespectful, especially since TV and film are

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Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

It’s hard to alter a first impression. And perhaps successfully doing so is an indicator of Jean-Marc Vallée talents as director of this biography based on AIDS-drug activist Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey).
It’s easy to hate him in the beginning. Depicted as an anti-gay, womanizing, drug-addicted fella who finds out he is HIV-positive after an accident on the job. Given 30 days to live, Woodroof is in denial and continues to live hard before a sudden change of heart that quickly leads him friendless, homeless and jobless.

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