December 15, 2013

Jared Leto on the Golden Globe Nod, His Band and Giant Sunflowers

Dec 12, 2013

Jared Leto has been on a tour bus with his band Thirty Seconds to Mars, and when he talked with Speakeasy about the Golden Globe nomination he received this morning for “Dallas Buyers Club,” he rolled down the window.

“We played Chicago last night and are headed to St. Louis,” he said. “It’s -4 outside. I’m in a parking lot right now in some city and sadly there’s a chain-linked fence with two giant sunflowers on it, bizarrely. Big, giant sunflowers that look like they’re just growing wild in an abandoned parking lot, frozen.”

According to Leto, being on tour has been a grounding experience as momentum builds for “Dallas Buyers Club” and his performance as Rayon, a drug-addicted transvestite. His band released a new album this year, three music videos and a short film. Last year, Leto directed a feature documentary about the band’s legal battles with EMI.

“I do think that helped me stay focused on the work and have a healthy perspective with everything happening with ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’” he said.

Leto added that the best part about getting attention for the film is “it gives us the ability to shine a light on this special story, on this really challenging time for this incredibly inspiring group of people fighting for their survival.”

Leto hadn’t made a film in almost six years, when he was tied up with Thirty Seconds to Mars and also, hadn’t come across projects that were as challenging as playing Rayon. “I’m glad ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ was the film I made upon my return because it was a fascinating film to be a part of,” he said. “It doesn’t always happen this way. A lot of times with small films like this, all the pieces don’t fall in the right place.”

Source: The Wall Street Journal.

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