Sure, Jared Leto was just handed his first Oscar 48 hours ago, but he’s plotting his next move: Stepping behind the lens.
The multi-talented Leto has already proved himself a skilled director. Stepping behind the lens for the 2012 documentary “Artifact,” the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman documented his band’s battle with their label, EMI, while recording their appropriately titled third album This Is War. The doc was praised by critics at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it premiered, and won the People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary.
And now, with an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor under his belt, Leto tells MTV News he’s looking for a feature-length narrative to helm.
“I’m certainly looking for a feature film to direct after directing artifact and all the other videos and other things that we’ve done over the years,” he told us on Tuesday (March 4) at the Carnivores Tour announcement in Los Angeles. “It’s certainly leading me toward a feature length narrative film, and I’m excited about that.”
But that doesn’t mean he’s not done acting quite yet. Leto says he’s “definitely ready to act again.”
Before his gripping performance as transgender AIDS patient Rayon in “Dallas Buyers Club,” Leto hadn’t appeared in a film since 2009 — as the “Mr. Nobody” — and there’s a good reason: He always holds out for the right role.
“I don’t think I’ll wait another six years but if I have to wait six years for the right project to come then I will,” he said. “But I’m ready to go to work tomorrow if there is the right film. ”
In the meantime, 30STM will be on tour with Linkin Park and AFI on the nationwide Carnivores Tour, which kicks off August 8 in West Palm Beach, Florida