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He's a rock star, an Academy Award winner and, fame doesn't bother him because he's usually on tour. Everybody knows Jared Leto, but from where? Has he always been here?

Catalano. "Oh, yeah," he says with a well-worn laugh, "right." Is that really what everyone remembers? That might have been true before February 2014. "Whats true for you?" he asks.

Whats true for me is that Catalano won an Academy Award. Best Supporting Actor. "Yeah, I know," he smiles. "Isnt that something?" he asks as I silently ponder the significance of that event for what else could happen in a world we believed we understood.

Jared Letos made a lot of films. How many of them do you remember? "Me? I remember all of them," Jared says.

Ive seen several of Jareds films, but the one that I remember is Mr. Nobody. "Youre the only person thats seen that film," he smiles. Something about a guy named "Nemo" who marries three women. An emotionally unstable blonde mired in memories of the past; a proper, respectable Asian whom he does not love; and the other one? Well, I can say this much. When he found himself and his car submerged in the lake after sailing off a cliff during his drive at the end of the day to their marital home, "Nemo" tried his best to overcome those circumstances.

With choices like "Mr. Nobody", it seems like a mystery that Catalano persists in the cultural memory. "Its just one of those things, you know? Im okay with it. Its almost as though people know me, but theyve forgotten how they came to know me," he muses. Until now. "Right," he agrees.

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Its not so much that the Academy Award was a big surprise. Its the where have you been factor. "Well, I hadnt made a film that anyone had seen for such a long time." But, thats not to say that he hasnt been busy. "Ive been on tour, literally, for years. Weve been touring the world for what seems like forever." "We" is 30 Seconds to Mars. A three-piece rock band consisting of Jared, his brother Shannon Leto and Tomo Milicevic. If you have not had the pleasure, their concert footage is worth having a look-see on Youtube.com. Its about the fans. "Yeah, we have a pretty dedicated fanbase."

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That could very well be the minimalist statement of our time. Face paint. Merch. Languages. "Thats true, actually. A lot of our fans are multi-lingual." What does that mean in the midst of the Academy Award, the arenas and Tomo Milicevic. "I dont know. You tell me."

Jareds brother, Shannon Leto, plays drums. "Shannon is the talented one," Jared says. Classically trained Tomo Milicevic plays guitar. Howd Catalano manage that? "Tomos been with us for a long time. Tomo is someone we love."

Jared presents himself as relaxed and comfortable, very agreeable and cooperative but I feel as though we are ever on the precipice of the answer to the real question: Where have you been all of this time?

"What do you mean? I have been where I have always been. Working," he insists with laughter.

Well, considering that we have all endured for so long from one visible incarnation of Jared Leto to the most recent visible incarnation of Jared Leto, the natural question would be: What are you doing now?

"I have been climbing mountains, taking photos, meditating and enjoying life." Artistic endeavours? "Ive been working on a film in Toronto." Is this a film that we are going to see? "Yeah. Its one of those sorts of films," he says. "2016".

I ask him if this is a good thing--being in one of "those sorts of films". "Its an opportunity to do something different than what I usually do. Its an experience." An experience. Thats how Jared describes a starring role in a DC Comics production of monumental summer movie opening proportions. "Its a new fanbase, thats very true." Merchandising. Possibly a new franchise. "Very true." A very different sort of life and career than an actor of "art house" films. I ask him if hes ready for the fans camping outside of his home. "I am usually on tour. Its rare that I am at home."

Rock star. Academy Award winner. And, fame doesnt bother him because hes usually on tour. "Does that make me sound like an asshole?" he asks.

I ask him if we can look forward to a My So-Called Life reunion. "I dont know," he says. "Do you know something?" The humour of that is pretty spectacular because its obvious that whether anyone knows anything at all is a genuine question because Catalano won an Academy Award.

"Is it really that weird?" Jared asks. I stare at him with round eyes. He says, "Umm, okay."

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Wikipedia said:

Jared Joseph Leto (/ˈlɛt/; born December 26, 1971) is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and director. After starting his career with television appearances in the early 1990s, Leto achieved recognition for his role as Jordan Catalano on the television series My So-Called Life (1994). He made his film debut in How to Make an American Quilt (1995) and received critical praise for his performance in Prefontaine (1997). Leto played supporting roles in The Thin Red Line (1998), Fight Club (1999) and American Psycho (2000), as well as the lead role in Urban Legend (1998), and earned critical acclaim after portraying heroin addict Harry Goldfarb in Requiem for a Dream (2000). He later began focusing increasingly on his music career, returning to acting with Panic Room (2002), Alexander (2004), Lord of War (2005), Lonely Hearts (2006), Chapter 27 (2007), and Mr. Nobody (2009). In 2012, he directed the documentary film Artifact. He then appeared in Suicide Squad (2016) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017).

Leto's performance as a transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club (2013) earned him an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor. Leto is considered to be a method actor, known for his constant devotion to and research of his roles. He often remains completely in character for the duration of the shooting schedules of his films, even to the point of adversely affecting his health. He is also known to be selective about his film roles.

Leto is the lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter for Thirty Seconds to Mars, a band he formed in 1998 in Los Angeles, California, with his older brother Shannon Leto. Their debut album, 30 Seconds to Mars (2002), was released to positive reviews, but only to limited commercial success. The band achieved worldwide fame with the release of their second album A Beautiful Lie (2005). Their following releases, This Is War (2009), and Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams (2013), received further critical and commercial success. As of September 2014 Leto has also directed music videos, including the MTV Video Music Award–winning "The Kill" (2006), "Kings and Queens" (2009), and "Up in the Air" (2013).

- So sayeth Wikipedia, 09/02/2019 19:57:08

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