Jared Leto Buffs Up on Vegan Diet for Batman Film

Oscar-winning actor preps for role as the Joker in the upcoming Batman movie.

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Jared Leto has been vegan for two decades, and he’s sticking to his humane diet while bulking up to play the Joker in The Suicide Squad, a new Batman movie scheduled for release in August 2016. In addition to iron-pumping workouts, Leto’s regimen includes frequent food breaks (he especially likes vegan tacos). In 2014, Leto won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as an HIV-positive transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club as well as PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity title. How will his performance as the classic comic-book supervillain stack up against famous portrayals by such Hollywood heavyweights as Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger? Leto told Billboard magazine that he’s excited to play “this beautiful disaster of a character—what a big challenge.”