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Jared Leto, ‘WeCrashed’ star, talks about secret meeting with WeWork CEO – Contenders TV – Deadline

Jared Leto, who plays the title role I crashedHe said he knew he would regret not meeting Adam Newman before the former WeWork CEO reincarnated the Apple TV+ series.

“I didn’t want to play a villain, especially to be a villain for someone still alive” Morbius The star said during a session of the show at Deadline’s Contenders Television event.

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As part of his research, Leto said he secretly met with Newman to inform his portrayal. The actor said he felt an “obligation” to represent the businessman with dignity and grace despite the massive collapse of the co-working space. However, the meeting was kept a secret to series presenters and creators Lee Eisenberg and Drew Crivello, who said they were not taught by private conversation until Newman later admitted that Leto communicated with him.

I crashed It follows the greedy rise and inevitable fall of WeWork, one of the world’s most valuable startups, and the narcissists whose chaotic love made it all possible. WeWork has grown from a single co-working space to a global brand worth $47 billion in less than a decade. Then, in less than a year, its value plummeted. What happened?

In addition to interviewing the real-life character behind his character, Leto’s research also included working closely with the voice coaching team to clarify Neumann’s Israeli accent.

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“I had a great group of these five Israelis who really helped me, took care of me, beat me up and kept me on the right track,” he said.

Leto may have been a spitting image of Newman when he appeared opposite Anne Hathaway’s Rebecca Newman, but that wasn’t accidental at all, Crivello said.

We had a picture of Jared [when looking for inspiration],” He said.

The series may highlight the rise and fall of the co-working space, but Eisenberg and Crevello approach the story through Adam and Rebecca’s love story, which proves to be a “unique” way to get into the story behind WeWork’s downfall.

“For us, they are closely related,” Eisenberg said.

Eisenberg and Crivello are producing directors John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Charlie Gogolac, Hathaway and Natalie Sandy, and Emma Lodbrooke will executive produce alongside Leto through Paradox Productions, and Hernan Lopez, Marshall Lewi and Aaron Hart of Wondery.

I crashed Now streaming on Apple TV +.

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