“I’m so excited for people to see Morbius,” Leto said. “It’s the kind of film I feel like we all need right now. Just the big, fun, popcorn, get in the theater, turn the lights down, let’s have some fun.” Leto explained that the movie is about Dr. Michael Morbius, “a brand new character.” Mind you, Leto is referring to Morbius as brand new to the screen, not in general; Morbius, the Living Vampire debuted in The Amazing Spider-Man comic in 1971. Morbius is a genius doctor who has a rare blood disease , for which he’s doing all kinds of biomedical experiments to try to cure. “He’s frail and thin,” Leto says. “And then, a miracle happens and he discovers a cure for this disease and becomes really strong and powerful.”
But that power comes with a cost, as Morbius changes from a man to a blood-drinking monster. “There’s a Jekyll and Hyde thing,” Leto said. “So it’s transformative, it’s different. It’s just big, popcorn, fun movie. So I’m excited about it. I’ve never done anything like it.” In a different interview, Leto talked more about why Morbius was such a unique and challenging role for him. “It was hard for me in some way,” he said, “because I’m not used to playing roles that are a little bit closer to who I am, day in and day out. Dr. Michael Morbius is a little closer to the way that I talk and the way that I behave.” Yup, Jared Leto says he lives his life like a genius doctor/vampire. Which, honestly, we believe it. He’s an interesting guy.