It’s been just over a week since the widely talked-about death of cultural icon, Hugh Hefner and there has been controversy in the wake of the news — namely to do with his treatment of women, and now, because of the actor picked to depict the deceased Playboy founder in an upcoming biopic.
Apparently, since the time director, Brett Ratner, acquired the right’s the Hefner’s story, Jared Leto (of Fight Club, Dallas Buyers Club; and possibly other clubs) expressed interest in playing the late Hef, stating that he wants “to understand him”. Previously the role had been attached to Robert Downey Jr. before Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment lost the rights as they had expired.
Ratner had hoped to introduce Leto to Hefner in April at the Playboy Mansion, however, Hef’s failing health at the time precluded the encounter. Both Ratner and Leto aren’t worried though, as they believe that there is enough reference material in the form of video and writings about the deceased playboy for Leto to learn from. Hopefully Leto does a great job of it and silences the doubters.