Jared Leto says Morbius, a vampire, is a character who’s a ‘bit closer to who I am’

In an interview with Variety, the actor says the part was a big change for him. Instead of disappearing into the role, Morbius turned out to be a lot like his real-life persona. To be clear: Morbius is a vampire.

“It was hard for me in some way, because I’m not used to playing roles that are a little bit closer to who I am, day in and day out,” Leto said. “Dr. Michael Morbius is a little closer to the way that I talk and the way that I behave.”

Michael Morbius, Ph.D. and M.D., was introduced in 1971’s The Amazing Spider-Man #101. As most of his stories go, Morbius was born with a rare blood disease, and like many scientists in the Spider-verse, his efforts to cure himself resulted in minor catastrophe. Experiments left him with vampiric powers, including superhuman strength, agility, and enhanced healing, plus a lust for human blood. 

“I was interested in this role because he goes on this journey from dying to finding a cure for this disease and becoming incredibly healthy, and then having things change in a way that he becomes monstrous,” Leto said. “You start with a hope and a dream and an idea of something, and you all try to work as hard as you can, in this given amount of time, to make it as good as it can be. And I think it’s the first time I’ve ever starred in a big movie like this in my entire career, so it was new territory. I generally hide out in the shadows.”

Director: Daniel Espinosa 
Run Time: 108 min. 
Format: DCP 
Rating: PG 13 
Release Year: 2022


Starring: Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, Tyrese Gibson


One of the most compelling and conflicted characters in Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters comes to the big screen as Oscar winner Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. While at first it seems to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil — or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges?
In theaters 4.1.2022.