A few weeks ago, [artist id=”1231235″]30 Seconds To Mars[/artist] frontman Jared Leto hosted a screening of “Artifact,” the documentary about the band and the creation of their latest album, This Is War. But the gathering of hundreds of fans was broken up by a bomb scare , which Leto is still trying to process.
“It’s kind of bizarre and easy to find some humor in the situation now, but it was very serious,” Leto told MTV News last week. “Last I heard, the LAPD was investigating and he was in jail, though I don’t know if he’s still there.”
The incident in question began when the unidentified man interrupted the screening. After Leto managed to shuffle him out the door, the man’s car — which was parked outside in the middle of the street and playing extremely loud music — became a nuisance and the police were called.
The resulting scene quickly unraveled. “It was such a surreal setting,” Leto said. “They shut down five blocks in every direction. They shut down the street. People weren’t allowed to walk anywhere. People were asked to leave their stores.”
Ironically, the man was finally apprehended later while Leto was talking to the LAPD. “I was being interviewed by the police, and I see the guy walk right back up to me,” he said. “They were looking for him, and I said, ’Well, that’s the guy right there.’ He walked up to the police and said something to me, and they put him in handcuffs and asked him what was in the package. That’s when he talked about explosives. It was surreal.”
Despite the disruptions, the band finished the screening of the hotly anticipated film “Artifact,” which Leto said should be available for public consumption later this year. The documentary, which follows 30 Seconds to Mars during the recording of This Is War, will provide a revealing look at the band and its inner workings. “We have a lot of material from over two years of shooting. It’s something like 3,500 hours,” Leto said.
The frontman said the most revealing thing in the film might involve Leto’s sense of fashion. “I think half the film I’m in my pajamas, because I didn’t leave the house very often while we were recording,” he said. “There were days we felt like we were all in the hospital together, on some sort of rehab trip.”