November 29, 2012, 10:16 am

First Jared Leto raised eyebrows for his distinct lack of eyebrows. Now he's causing shock waves by revealing the physical extent of his weightloss for "The Dallas Buyers Club" by posing for photos with friend and photographer Terry Richardson.

Jared Leto reveals his skinny frame. Credit: Terry Richardson

In one confronting photo, a rail-thin Leto poses side on to Richardson's camera, holding his t-shirt up to show off his emaciated figure. In another shot -- a close-up -- a haunting Leto stares into the camera, revealing his gaunt, sunken cheeks and missing brows.

Leto shocked onlookers at Monday's IFP Gotham Awards when his sans-eyebrow status (as well as weightloss) became apparent.

Speaking to Vulture after the show, he apologised for his weight-loss induced light-headedness, as well as explaining the reason for his appearance.

His first film role in four years, Leto said: "I'm playing a transsexual woman," adding "I didn't get involved in the project until a few weeks ago, three and a half weeks ago."

Since signing on to play a transsexual woman dying of AIDS, the actor hasn't eaten, telling the Gotham Awards host Mike Birbiglia on Monday: "I haven't eaten in 21 days." He also revealed a newfound respect for women saying. "It's a lot of work to be a pretty little girl." Especially when you wax your whole face and body.

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This isn't the first time Leto has lost or gained weight for a film. In 2000's "Requiem for a Dream," he lost weight to play a drug addict. In 2009's "Mr Nobody" he gained 27 kilograms to play Nemo, the last mortal on earth.

Despite his previous experience with role-related weightloss and weight gain, Leto is apparently concerned about doing it in a healthy manner this time. "Your body goes through weird stages," he said. "Sometimes it's hard to hold on to water. But for me, it's not about the most weight I can lose, it's more to represent the character. I'm focused on what it means to be a transsexual woman."

Leto is also hoping to have a spiritual transformation from his fasting. "Historically, people have done it for pursuit of self, to achieve a meditative state," he told Vulture, adding "So I'm hoping for that, and not the other things."

"Dallas Buyers Club" co-star Matthew McConaughey has also lost an alarming amount of weight, bottoming out at 65 kilograms (a weightloss total of 17 kilos) to play the lead role, also and AIDS sufferer, in the film.

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  1. Jill Wozhere03:04pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Eat something man, before it's too late, or you will die of organ failure!

  2. S02:34pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    This is done deliberately to trigger those with eating disorders and to continue their spiral of self abuse. I would say that leto should stop with this now. This is not sending a healthy message to others, and also dangerous for his own body, although he apparently has little choice when Terry Richardson gets hold of him once a month. Since when were transgender people emaciated and sick looking??

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  3. Brian01:28pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I don't understand how they leto this happen!

  4. Gary01:01pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Who Cares

  5. manda12:57pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I wish actors wouldnt damage their bodies like this, Hollywood's so hell bent on over using CGI -why wont they just use it to make the stars look thin in the films (like Kristen Stewart in Breaking Dawn prt1) as for gaining weight they should just do what Eddie Murphy did in the Clumps films and use prosphetics. It is safer for the actors! I'd be getting another Agent/Manager for not putting personal well being above the Studio's lust for making money. What is worse the morons award the stars for this type of method at the Oscars! They're not shocking/wowing us for the acting, they are shocking us for their mistreatment of their bodies!!


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