Granted, DeRay Davis is a comedian, so his comments on Instagram should probably be taken with a grain of salt, but there just might be some genuine feeling behind Davis’s comment on Jared Leto’s thirst trap. Leto, who is 47 years old and absolutely ripped, posted a an image of just how toned his abs are. The post prompted many comments, with Davis ranting, “I’m going to the gym NOW!! Go to hot boy hell Jared!!” Davis wasn’t the only one sharing admiration. DJ duo The Chainsmokers lamented, “What a thirst trap!” Ignoring the main focus point of the post, singer Ryan Tedder complimented Leto on the Casio watch that he is wearing for the post.
Leto puts in the work to be able to post such pictures. The actor credits his vegan diet and alcohol-free lifestyle for his ability to stay in shape. He’s also very active and enjoys hiking, biking, and yoga. Still, it takes a lot of discipline—something Leto has. Just consider the 67 pounds he lost playing Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon, in 2007 for the drama Chapter 27. For Dallas Buyers Club, Leto lost 30 pounds; of course, he picked up an Oscar for that performance. It goes the other way as well. After slimming down to lay the Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad, Leto packed on some muscle, which he then showed off in a promo for his band 30 Seconds to Mars for their 2017 single “Walk on Water.”
All that hard work pays off, with the post getting more than 2.8 million views. While his toned abs are admirable, what might be the most inspiring part of the post is when, at the end of the video, Leto sticks out his tongue, letting views know that he doesn’t take himself so serious. It’s kind of endearing, which will only serve to make the star even more popular. Well played, Leto, well played.