Raphael Bob-Waksberg, the creator and showrunner of the Netflix cartoon series BoJack Horseman, sat down with Marc Fennell at the inaugural Video Junkee festival. The conversation landed on actor Jared Leto, and Bob-Waksberg went in.
Bob-Waksberg talked about his show, an adult animated sitcom that stars Will Arnett as the title character with Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins and Aaron Paul.
The series takes place mostly in Hollywood in an alternate world where humans and anthropomorphic animals live side by side. BoJack Horseman, the washed-up star of the ’90s sitcom Horsin’ Around, plans his big return to celebrity relevance with a tell-all autobiography.
BoJack Horseman satirizes Hollywood, celebrity culture, drug abuse, anxiety and the film industry. The series makes many pop culture references and parodies, some that are rather scathing at the real-life personality’s expense.
But nothing was more scathing than what happened next during the candid interview.
During an audience Q&A, a fan asked Bob-Wakserg if there were any celebrities he really loves to roast. The answer is yes: Academy Award-winning actor Jared Leto.
“We have a line in the new season about Jared Leto,” he responded. “Because like, fuck that guy… I don’t like him. I don’t like him! I feel like he is still coasting off My So-Called Life. Like the goodwill from that.”
Fennell responded: “And Requiem for a Dream.”
To which Bob-Waskberg cordially responds. “He was great in that.”
This is where all cordial-ness ends.
“My line on Jared Leto, which is not in the show, just what I say about him in conversations is, ‘The coolest thing Jared Leto ever did was get punched in the face by Edward Norton in Fight Club.”
“He really… he bugs the shit out of me. His whole thing with the ‘we’re bad guys, we’re good guys’ Joker whatever blurgh bullshit.. He would send, like, used condoms and dead pigs to the other actors as like a weird method thing. It’s like, how does that help anything? What are you doing?
“You respect the character of the Joker so much. You have to inhabit him. And he’s literally the worst Joker we’ve seen. There have been so many and you’re the worst. You think that helped?
“BY THE WAY, PS, ALSO, when he was in the Dallas Buyers’ Club playing a trans character who died of AIDS — not a real person, but still — he would do interviews and say, ‘What a glorious creature’. It’s not a fucking creature! It’s a person, you asshole. He’d make jokes like ‘I had to shave my legs, tee hee’. It’s not cute, you idiot.
“So, fuck him.
“You’re gonna watch the new season now, waiting for the Jared Leto line — and it’s in the very end, it’s like the last episode and it’s barely anything — and you’re gonna be like, ‘That’s all he said?’
“So like Eric McCormack, I got nothing about him, but when you hear the Jared Leto line, know that I meant it.”