Jared Leto recently admitted that his Oscar has definitely seen better days.
While most actors probably build immaculate shrines to their trophies, the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman apparently doesn’t mind letting people check it out. In fact, Leto admitted that the statute is often passed around during parties. Someone could end up taking the trophy home with them at the end of the night, though Jared doesn’t seem too worried about that.
During his recent chat with The Associated Press, Leto explained that his Oscar could use a little TLC. Although someone people might shudder at the mere thought of such an honor getting banged up during a party, Jared apparently wants everyone to share in his cinematic accomplishment.
“I damaged it. But then I came home and saw it had another nick on it. So it looks like someone else had fun with it, too. My Oscar is a filthy mess. Everybody was pawing that thing,” the Dallas Buyers Club star explained.
Leto added, “I kind of was just passing it around at parties. A couple of times I lost sight of it and I thought, ‘You know, if it goes away, it’s not meant to be mine.’ But it always seemed to find its way back to me.”
Instead of diving back into the world of acting with another Oscar-worthy role, Jared Leto is busy promoting a completely different endeavor. After crafting the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins, Leto spent two years chronicling his problematic relationship with the folks at EMI. The end result of that hard work is a documentary entitled Artifact, a movie that recently debuted on VH1.
USA Today reports that 30 Seconds to Mars was the subject of a $30 million lawsuit after the group opted to leave EMI back in 2008. Instead of sitting back and letting the label get away with what Leto felt was akin to thievery, he decided to chronicle the situation in vivid detail.
“Record companies brought me a lot of music I love — Led Zeppelin, The Cure, The Beatles — but the problem is the corruption, and I encourage anyone to fight it. Artists shouldn’t be taken advantage of, with the lion’s share of profits going to the corporation. That’s not right. Fairness should be shared,” Jared explained.
He continued, “We found that despite selling millions of records and playing bigger venues, we were still ($2.7 million) in debt (to the label). And when we challenged that and fought for our creative freedom, we were led into a two-year battle. We filmed the whole thing.”
One thing’s for certain: Jared Leto has a fanbase that will gladly follow him anywhere. Be it movies or music, the talented singer’s supporters can’t wait to see what he does next.