But, as it turns out, he can't put all the blame on that clip. After all, as is often the case with him, Leto was actually pulling double duty during the filming of "Do or Die," shooting a second Mars music video ... this one for the track "City of Angels." And, from the sound of things, this one's gonna be epic.
"I'm making two videos at once. I've been working on 'City of Angels' while I was shooting 'Do Or Die,' " he said. "It's our new single here in the States, it's a very important song, a very personal song.
"It's also a longer song, and while I'm still figuring out what [the video] needs, it will certainly feature a couple of pieces of music, minimum," he continued. "So, yes, it's going to be another Thirty Seconds to Mars short film; it's going to be powerful and emotional and definitely something special."
And for a guy whose past credits include shooting a mini-movie for "From Yesterday" in China, pushing boundaries with the hyper-sexualized "Hurricane" and employing an army of extras and animals for "Up in the Air," that's saying something.
What Leto wouldn't say was just when "City of Angels" would be finished — "sooner rather than later," was about as specific as he'd get — but he did let MTV News in on his band's plans for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, where they're up for three Moonmen, including Best Rock Video. And it probably won't surprise you to learn they're going to try and top their arrival at the 2010 show, when they stormed the red carpet with a bevy of bikers.
"Well I would like to maybe replicate the 'Up in the Air' artwork," he laughed. "Wouldn't it be great if we showed up with a zebra? It could be pretty amazing."
A zebra would be pretty amazing indeed. Just don't try to ride it, Jared.
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