There are many perks to being a celebrity, including (but hardly limited to) fat paycheques, VIP treatment at all restaurants, and never having to fly with the common rabble on long-haul domestic flights. The best thing of all though is the drugs.
When you are rich and famous, you don't have to settle for Hastings and Main coke that's been cut with baking soda, horse laxatives, and unwashed dirt: you have a pipeline to the good shit.
All this brings us to one Jared Leto. Far be it from us to suggest that the actor-cum-rockstar is not only on something, but on something good. Actually, let's go ahead and make that case, because it at least explains some of his delusional tendencies.
Right from the point he first decided to make the move from Hollywood actor to alternative musician, Leto has been somewhat confused. Somewhere along the line, he became unable to process the fact that people are primarily interested in his band 30 Second to Mars because the group has "that guy from Camp Wilder in it".
(On a side note, Leto doesn't seem to like having his acting brought up during his 30 Seconds to Mars dealings. In a late-'90s face-to-face interview with the band, a Straight freelancer casually brought up his former role on the show My So-Called Life. After going apeshit and declaring the interview over, the actor sent his brother and 30 Seconds bandmate Shannon Leto out on the street to demand the recording of the interview be destroyed.)
Leto's latest out-there statement? In a new interview with MTV for 30 Seconds to Mars' latest album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams, the singer-guitarist stated that he's not fronting a band, but instead an "art project". You know, like the Velvet Underground. Or Dogstar.
"We've always thought about 30 Seconds To Mars not just as a band but an art project," Leto said. "A place where we would make music, we would make books, we would make art in general, short films, documentaries."
The bad news about all of this is that we're guaranteed much more than just music from 30 Second to Mars in the years to come. The good news? Evidently, based on Leto's musings, the world is still full of good drugs. Take a hit of your favourite mind-altering substance, and check out the video below for the band's new single, "Up in the Air" featuring Dita Von Teese.
It's eight minutes long because, well, when you are making art, you can get away with that sort of shit.