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Russian cosplayer demonstrates the artistry behind her Jared Leto look.
posted by hermitosis (58 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite

 
He's so pretty.
posted by Gator at 5:27 PM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


That is way cooler than it has any right to be. I love how you start with a pretty girl, you put makeup on her and you get Jared Leto! The spell's only broken when she smiles.

Anyone know what movie she's doing?
posted by cjorgensen at 5:29 PM on October 12, 2010 [3 favorites]


It isn't Requiem For A Dream since I didn't see a syringe.
posted by jonmc at 5:30 PM on October 12, 2010


What the what? That's pretty crazy.
posted by chunking express at 5:31 PM on October 12, 2010


I was wondering if Jared Leto had seen it. Looks like it.
posted by cjorgensen at 5:31 PM on October 12, 2010 [9 favorites]


Never imagined that Jordan Catalano would someday be a cosplay subject. Or a rock star, for that matter.
posted by grabbingsand at 5:31 PM on October 12, 2010 [3 favorites]


I bet it took her 8 times longer to look like Justin Bieber.
posted by maudlin at 5:34 PM on October 12, 2010


Well, the electrolysis alone woukld take time.
posted by jonmc at 5:35 PM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Here's her DeviantArt. She appears to be a very talented artist as well as a cosplayer.
posted by Gator at 5:36 PM on October 12, 2010


She appears to be a very talented artist

I was thinking during the first video, she has to be a talented artist just to do that make-up transformation.
posted by knave at 5:37 PM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Never imagined that Jordan Catalano would someday be a cosplay subject. Or a rock star, for that matter.

I'm disappointed that there's no Tino in 30 Seconds to Mars. There's a Tomo, but no Tino.
posted by mhum at 5:45 PM on October 12, 2010


That was a really uncomfortable three minutes.
posted by joeyjoejoejr at 5:50 PM on October 12, 2010


That fucking rocked.
posted by rtha at 5:56 PM on October 12, 2010


Oh, and love the title!
posted by rtha at 5:57 PM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


That's pretty amazing. I love how she uses very subtle shading to harden the lines of her face and add just a bit of bush to the eyebrows. That turns out to be *just enough* to throw off my gender detector on the finished costume.

A bit ironic that the key to passing in FtM drag is makeup skills....
posted by xthlc at 6:04 PM on October 12, 2010 [4 favorites]


It's about 10 PM on a warm Saturday and I'm working in a punk clothing boutique in the former epicenter of punk rock in the East Village. The block is actually pretty happenin', as it tends to be on days like that and sales are good. This guy walks in and he looks like an LA-style hipster ca. 2004: low-slung tight jeans, boots, tiny t-shirt, about eight belts, eyeliner, real cool and friendly. He's there with a blonde dressed real similar. She spends the entire time, in silence, uncomfortably close to me at the counter. He asks me to help him pick out a belt and nothing firts. Not even the one that says "Dirty White Boy" that had an inch-thick layer of dust on it and was routinely ridiculed by everyone who so much as passed their eyes over it. Still, though, he's trying to get this belt on.

"Dude, it's not going to work unless you pull up your pants."
"They don't go any higher! It's how they were cut!"
"Well, then you probably shouldn't buy the belt."

He buys it anyway. And three more with that. And hands me a black American Express card. I know what that means and my eyes immediately glance down at the name and there it is: JARED LETO.

I just told Jared Leto to pull his pants up. At least this explained why some sheepish kid randomly thanked him. He leaves and I turn to my coworker: "hey, that was Jared Leto." "Who?" "He was in Requiem for a Dream." "Oh, cool." "Yeah, he's pretty good at playing a junkie..." And two seconds later, Mr. Leto reappears at the counter to purchase about $30 worth of cheap goth makeup.
posted by griphus at 6:06 PM on October 12, 2010 [40 favorites]


Holy shit, that chick should murder somebody, just so she has the chance to go on the lam and put those skills to use.
posted by Diablevert at 6:06 PM on October 12, 2010 [3 favorites]


I liked the part where she put on makeup and then she looked like Jared Leto.
posted by ixohoxi at 6:14 PM on October 12, 2010 [3 favorites]


I seriously thought this thread was about Janet Reno. I was very confused.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 6:18 PM on October 12, 2010 [6 favorites]


If this were really cosplay, she'd do herself up this way.
posted by crunchland at 6:19 PM on October 12, 2010


Ok, now do Jared Leto as chubbed out Mark David Chapman in his tighty whities and we're all set.
posted by dgaicun at 6:21 PM on October 12, 2010


It was maybe 330 pm on a pretty hot weekday. I was running around trying to make sure everything was ready for a major network, smalltime internet bullshit chat show. A bunch of dirtbaggy punks were sitting on the set on the other side of the studio....now, the internet bunch was one thing, but the big major-network all-the-marbles show was on the other side of the studio, and sitting around likeaaaaaaaaaaaaa douchey punks was pretty much considered right out of bounds.

We have round the clock security because our on-air talent was sent anthrax in the days after 9/11. They don't do much, but they stand around being bored and armed, which is enough. I don't have much pull, but I have enough to walk up to pretty much anyone - senators, house reps, etcetc - anyone but Obama and say "Yeah....sorry, you have to find another place to sit." I was about to go over to this gang of poser assholes and kick them off the bigtime set, when the stage manager said "ok, let's do this," and Jared Leto stood up, walked over to the interview spot and sat down, right on his mark.
posted by nevercalm at 6:21 PM on October 12, 2010 [4 favorites]


All the while jared leto is locked up in her basement.

Put some pictures on the wall with eyes crossed out etc and you have your Hollywood shorthand for serial killer.

Can somebody who knows about make up explain what she's doing?

This is what I can come up with thinking aloud:
I guess thicker eyebrows and stubble are the easy part that get her far in looking masculine.
And I can see that she changes the shape of her mouth. Do men have thinner lips or maybe just Hollywood ideal men? Or maybe just Leto?
What's up with all the black makeup on the forehead, on the cheeks, on the eye socket?
I can imagine that men have on average a lower fat percentage. So that would mean using black makeup to create quasi shadows to make the face look more angular and to suggest a bigger nose.
Also, according to wikipedia on sexual dimorphy of the human skull, the eye sockets are more square in male faces. I guess she creates shadows above her eyes and makes the eyebrows more straight to create that impression.

I guess the jaw shape would be the hardest thing to change. Did she chose Leto because he doesn't have a very prominent male jaw?
posted by joost de vries at 6:41 PM on October 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


The weird part is that halfway through the video it switches from a very talented Russian girl to a very vain Jared Leto, like one of those hollow head optical illusions.
posted by Drab_Parts at 6:44 PM on October 12, 2010 [7 favorites]


This reminds me of Kevyn Aucoin's makeup transformations. His book Face Forward featured Martha Stewart as Veronica Lake (!), Gwyneth Paltrow as James Dean, and Amber Valetta as both Clark Gable AND Carol Lombard...in the same photo. His ability to remake a person was uncanny.
posted by erinfern at 6:45 PM on October 12, 2010 [6 favorites]


The black makeup on her cheeks, forehead, etc is an example of contouring, adding the illusion of shadows where there were none.
posted by sugarfish at 6:46 PM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


I don't have a teenage daughter but this post gives me the opportunity to feel like a dad by proxy. I'm thinking "who is this Leto, he looks vaguely familiar but I don't know what movie/ tv-series he was in, why do you admire him so much?"
If I did have a teenage daughter I'd ask her about this 'Lato' and whether his look is what is called 'emotic'.
Just to provoke the supposed hair-trigger teenage annoyance/shame. "Daaad!" *eye roll*
posted by joost de vries at 6:54 PM on October 12, 2010 [4 favorites]


This would be much more impressive is Jared Leto wasn't basically just an attractive woman with facial scruff to begin with. Other than that the two biggest things she did to look like Leto were put on eye-liner and a lady wig. If he shaved more often her transformation would pretty much be indistinguishable from getting dolled up for the discotheque.
posted by dgaicun at 7:11 PM on October 12, 2010


Wow, I must be old, I have no idea who Jared Leto is. I mean, I have never heard of him. I know who Bieber is, and I know Lady Gaga and Katy Perry and that guy from Gnarls Barkley. But Jared Leto? Nope, no clue. All I can say is he reminds me a bit of Trent Reznor.
posted by Vindaloo at 7:20 PM on October 12, 2010


And hands me a black American Express card. I know what that means

Please tell the studio audience...
posted by jonmc at 7:26 PM on October 12, 2010


If you're old, you're actually more likely to know who he is.
posted by hermitosis at 7:27 PM on October 12, 2010 [5 favorites]


Our school elected Tino Schrodinger as Student Council President.
posted by jb at 7:36 PM on October 12, 2010


If you're old, you're actually more likely to know who he is.
posted by hermitosis at 7:27 PM on October 12


Yeah no kidding, I just looked him up on wiki and noticed that I should know this guy; I am not usually this clueless about actors.
posted by Vindaloo at 7:42 PM on October 12, 2010


A black American Express is an unlimited card, given to those who spend very, very, very high amounts of money on it every year. Like hundreds of thousands high.
posted by sugarfish at 7:42 PM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


His take on Hunter is my favorite by the band. I saw 30 seconds some number of years ago (6 or so) in Detroit, they did cool set, but I just remember Leto jumped off stage at one point, and some guy deliberately moved into a fairly theatrical 'tripping' position, and tripped him. It was pretty bizarre/funny*/awkward interaction (*Leto's reaction, not at all the idea of someone being physical with a performer)
Centurion Card
posted by infinite intimation at 7:46 PM on October 12, 2010


(also by the photo montage in the vid I just linked... this artist is an artist.) The facial 'shape-change' by creation of 'artificial shadow' is amazing.
posted by infinite intimation at 7:48 PM on October 12, 2010


If you're old, you're actually more likely to know who he is.

I suppose I should know him from The Thin Red Line but I don't. The first time he hit my radar was Fight Club. Only recently found out about the music, though.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 7:49 PM on October 12, 2010


Oh, is this where we share our Jared Leto stories?
About three years ago, I was managing a restaurant in Melbourne. It was mid afternoon and the restaurant was empty except for me and a waitress pfaffing around pretending to work, when in walked Jared Leto and his bandmates. I was instantly crushed. He'd been on my five-celebrities-my-boyfriend-will-let-me-fuck list for a couple of years, yet now my chance was finally here I realised he looked like a 13 year old girl with too much make up on. Anyway, he asked for a drink recommendation and I served him an appletiser. About five minutes later as I walked past his table, he stood up, raising his drink above his head and yelled, "THIS APPLETISER IS AWESOME!", then sat down & kept eating. As you do.

Appletisers are pretty awesome though.
posted by Wantok at 8:34 PM on October 12, 2010 [12 favorites]


Every single one of these "makeup look" Youtube videos freak me the heck out.
posted by 1adam12 at 8:34 PM on October 12, 2010


Ohhhh yeah, Thin Red Line. I don't see another actor being able to chew gum in the face of death/dismemberment quite as convincingly. Hell, I don't think he even had any lines, did he?
posted by Brocktoon at 8:41 PM on October 12, 2010


According to imdb, he was born in '71. It's impressive that he's managed to pull off the tortured teenaged goth look at almost 40.
posted by crunchland at 8:41 PM on October 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


The title of my favorite 30STM song seems appropriate.
posted by bayani at 8:53 PM on October 12, 2010


Huh, kraakland, that is indeed surprising.
posted by joost de vries at 9:02 PM on October 12, 2010


sugarfish : A black American Express is an unlimited card, given to those who spend very, very, very high amounts of money on it every year. Like hundreds of thousands high.

All AmEx cards have no (stated) limit. I, as no one special, could go out tomorrow and buy a car with it. Of course, I might need to prove my identity when the screen flashes "call us immediately" to the confused clerk, but after doing so, bam, new car, and a rather large AmEx bill at the end of the month.

However, the AmEx Centurion card really does exist. Not quite the thing of legend, but a marketing trick that took advantage of the legend, after the fact.

I suppose the difference has more to do with what someone would buy, than what they could buy. While I may have no limit, I seriously doubt they'd front me the USD $22 million to buy a slightly used Russian MIG - But I'd never try in the first place, making it something of a moot point.
posted by pla at 9:05 PM on October 12, 2010


The poor girl's apparently being hassled by fuckwads. If you've got a DeviantArt account and think that was cool, drop her a comment saying so.
posted by Wataki at 9:07 PM on October 12, 2010


pla, I guess the main benefit is the concierge service. I worked for a guy with a black card once. Those people could get anything. All I had to do was call and ask.
posted by sugarfish at 9:10 PM on October 12, 2010


So that's how Jared does it.
posted by cruelshoes at 9:30 PM on October 12, 2010


Her work/hobby is not only cool, it is incredibly creative, there is also a huge interesting gallery of like a hundred characters being created at the deviant art page linked above, she has created many characters using readily available actors (herself) to a similar level of detail as the linked Jared Leto transformation.

Someone making a movie somewhere should think two times on the talent on display there.
posted by infinite intimation at 10:04 PM on October 12, 2010


Jared Leto has the only celebrity rockband that's actually decent.

I absolutely love, love, love playing those on Rock Band.
posted by empath at 10:09 PM on October 12, 2010


And hands me a black American Express card. I know what that means

Please tell the studio audience...


Best explanation ever of the AmEx black card, courtesy of "Eastbound and Down"
posted by banishedimmortal at 4:06 AM on October 13, 2010 [3 favorites]


I'm confused!
/ Alan Partridge
posted by asok at 5:08 AM on October 13, 2010


In Russia, you do not look like Jared Leto. Jared Leto looks like you.
posted by WalterMitty at 7:37 AM on October 13, 2010


Jeezis I am really confused now. So that dude in 30 Seconds to Mars -whatever, IS Jared Leto? I saw a video several years ago and thought it was him ( which I thought was weird) then I thought I was mistaken, now I see this girl who looks identical to him and I thought she was the one in that video, but NO! Leto is in that crappy band and this girl exists separately. How many of these Jared Leto's did they make?
posted by Liquidwolf at 8:27 AM on October 13, 2010


Man that boy is pretty. Reminds me of that line in Fight Club (was it in the book?), after Ed beats the hell out of recruit #1: "Maybe I just wanted to destroy something beautiful."
posted by gottabefunky at 9:48 AM on October 13, 2010


"And hands me a black American Express card. I know what that means..."

...a financial idiot. Cha-ching!

Congrats on getting rid of the dusty old white boy belt!
posted by Xoebe at 9:58 AM on October 13, 2010


She should stay the fuck away from Ed Norton is all I'm saying.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:20 AM on October 13, 2010 [3 favorites]


Congrats on getting rid of the dusty old white boy belt!

The article in that congratulation should not be definite. Unfortunately.
posted by griphus at 2:40 PM on October 13, 2010


Man that boy is pretty. Reminds me of that line in Fight Club (was it in the book?), after Ed beats the hell out of recruit #1: "Maybe I just wanted to destroy something beautiful."

For good reason. The blond recruit whose face gets smashed in the movie? Jared Leto.
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 3:40 PM on October 13, 2010


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