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Friday 27 May 2016

Leto: My Oscar is a filthy mess

Published 25/04/2014

Jared Leto won his Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club
Jared Leto won his Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club

Jared Leto has confessed that his Oscar is already "a filthy mess".

The star picked up the Academy Award in March for his supporting role as transgender drug addict Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, and admitted the gold-plated statuette has sustained a few marks and scrapes since then after being passed around among his friends.

"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," he said.

"My Oscar is a filthy mess. Everybody was pawing that thing. 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."

The actor and musician said his success with the film has renewed his interest in acting - partly because of renewed interest in him from top filmmakers.

"Yeah, I'm looking at scripts and reading scripts. Which is interesting because I didn't read scripts for years before Dallas Buyers Club," said the 42-year-old. "But now ... you have opportunities to work with people that you really respect or admire, people whose work has been inspiring and influential."

Jared has directed many music videos for his band 30 Seconds To Mars and revealed he would also like to be at the helm of a feature film.

"I think that would be really great. And when I have the right story to tell I'll certainly do that," he said. "You know I got into this crazy business because I was interested in being a filmmaker and director. I was in ... art school studying to be a painter. And then I switched my major to filmmaking and dropped out to pursue acting because I thought it would help me get a job as a director."

Jared is now promoting Artifact, a documentary he directed about the battle that his band had with its record label over its contract and a 30 million dollar lawsuit.

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