"I don`t think Requiem for a Dream (2000) is for children, but I think if you went home and looked at the video games that your kids are playing, you`d be much more shocked." - Mr. Showbiz, November 2000.
"I used to like to break into other people`s houses and sit in their rooms. I found it very comforting to be in someone`s empty house."
"I take computers practically apart and put them back together. I have a supercomputer I built over the years out of different computers."
"All those reports that I sleep in my closet. I don`t know how people get that. People are so obsessed with what you do at home."
"I could care less about anybody knowing who I am, but I realize this is part of the game. Maybe if I really hated this whole public thing, I would go do plays in Hoboken."
"I was never interested in `Teen Beat` like roles. I just wanted to work."
"I was raised around a lot of artists, musicians, photographers, painters and people that were in theater. Just having the art-communal hippie experience as a child, there wasn`t a clear line that was drawn. We celebrated creative experience and creative expression. We didn`t try and curtail it and stunt any of that kind of growth."
"Teens are always shown as one dimensional. They`re stereotyped. When I was in high school, I cared about more than getting a date or making the team."
"I never look at myself as a closet actor wanting to make music or a closet musician wanting to act -- I`m very proud to do both and I don`t put one above the other, I`m very grateful and excited by both opportunities -- it`s really a unique opportunity to do both."
We really bonded very early. He has a great sense of humor and was very kind to me. I learned so much from watching such an incredible actor.
It was a real honor to be able to work with someone like that that I`ve been watching since I was a kid. I mean, to play his brother left some people scratching their heads but something about it really worked.
It gives us a look into a world that`s very much like `Traffic` was for drugs, this movie is for gun running. Dark at times, but I think Nic Cage is an incredible person to watch and very entertaining.
I think I remember from the offset I said, `I`ve visited this territory. This isn`t for me.` And then I read the script and I said, `You know, this is completely something different. This is a whole new life.`
He`s an innocent in a lot of ways. He`s a very simple person who really doesn`t have the resources or the strength, ultimately, to handle the situation.
So I started to learn Russian and I was one of those probably way too eager, annoying young actor kids who was trying to change all my lines to Russian, much to the dismay of the director and Nic Cage.
Andrew has talked about my character being the conscience of the film, the heart of the film.
I think that to explore the uncomfortable and the politically incorrect is the job of the artist.
I take computers practically apart and put them back together. I have a supercomputer I built over the years out of different computers. (.)
I've always liked Saturn. But I also have some sympathy for Pluto because I heard it's been downgraded from a planet, and I think it should remain a planet. Once you've given something planetary status it's kind of mean to take it away. (.)
Music is subjective to everyone's unique experience. (.)
I think I remember from the offset I said, 'I've visited this territory. This isn't for me.' And then I read the script and I said, 'You know, this is completely something different. This is a whole new life.' (.)
I used to like to break into other people's houses and sit in their rooms. I found it very comforting to be in someone's empty house. (.)
I showed up in L.A. with $500 and a backpack and I stayed at a shelter, so nobody handed me anything. I worked for every single thing that I have. (.)
I learned early on how to treat women by the examples that were set around me.
My mother is very, very smart and commands respect because she has a lot of respect for herself.
It's not like I'm hanging out at shopping malls or going to celebrity golf tournaments. I'm so in my own little world. I got my dog, my music, my brother, a couple of friends.
I was never interested in 'Teen Beat' like roles. I just wanted to work.
I understand a lot of the female needs. I'm not saying I know all of them all the time though.
It's nice if people ask to use your song. You have to make a decision as an artist how you feel about that.
It was a real honor to be able to work with someone like that that I've been watching since I was a kid. I mean, to play his brother left some people scratching their heads but something about it really worked.
“I never think people are cheeering for us. In fact, i don’t really hear them at all.”
When you’re young, you don’t know that you’re poor, you just know whether or not you’re happy. And i was happy, and loved. My mom did whatever she has to do to get by, and the lesson i learned from my childhood was that it’s possible to pursue happiness, no matter where that pursuit may lead you.”
“I Lived on the street when i was a kid, i wasn’t even at school, so i had a whole different set of experiences for those formative years. I was gone... i was in a very precarious place when i was younger.”
“Approval isn’t necessary. It’s nice when you get it, but it’s not going to stop us from being who we are. I mean, if I’d have listened to approval, I’d never have made it one day onstage. But to be criticized, if there’s validity, as upset are you are, you can learn from it.”
“We never want to be a band that keeps our fans at arm’s length. This has always been about us and our fans together. We’ve been on an amazing journey with our fans already, but knowing that the best is still to come is a pretty
exciting feeling for all of us.”
I’ve heard that i’m a wh*re, i’m gay, i smoke crazk, that i’m a total prick...”
“I don’t think (Requiem for a Dream) is for children, but I think if you went home and looked at the video games that your kids are playing, you’d be much more shocked.”
On “Dallas Buyers Club” nominations
“It's wonderful when art and creativity are celebrated. I don't thumb my nose at it at all
About the weight loss,
Leto said, “It was the only way that I could do what I had to do. I mean it's not a good thing to do. It's certainly not a good thing to keep doing. Your body is not a rubber band. It doesn't always bounce back or snap back. It's something that you should be very careful about. I would never recommend anyone doing it.”
"I think I learned a lot from Thirty Seconds to Mars. I learned a lot from directing. I learned a lot from touring around the world and I applied all that to the role. I poured it all in to this portrayal and this unique person,”
"There's a perspective there and it's a human being in the
crossroads, in this pinnacle, in this precarious balance of
decision making. It's really about brutal honesty and about
going to war with yourself and hopefully winning. In a sense,
it's conceptual because every song on the record has that
perspective and comes from that place of self-examination,
change, ultimately rebirth and renewal. It's about this choice
to believe, and it's an optimistic choice even though the word
'lie' is in it, it's an optimistic title because no matter
what happens we collectively as a race continue to keep moving
forward regardless of the insanity."”
“A big part of what 30 Seconds to Mars has always been about is the live aspect. We put a lot of thought and time and energy and passion into how we present ourselves. This (tour) is going to give us the opportunity to explore a lot of different things. It's been a long time coming.”
Dallas Buyers Club
"I went to Whole Foods and I remember getting three distinct looks. One was, 'Who is that?' The second was, 'What is that?' And the third was, 'I don't know what that is, but I don't like it.' And it was interesting to get that condemnation. Easy for me, because I'm playing a part, but it was important to kind of understand and acknowledge that."
Dallas Buyers Club
It was a really unique experience and certainly people’s perspective changed. How they looked at me changed. And it’s a rare thing to experience that perspective shift in others. So yeah, you get treated different and it’s good to learn about that and apply that to the role.
was born next door in Louisiana. I have family, as well, in Texas. So that melody is familiar to me and certainly family members and friends and specific people that I did research with helped to inform the voice. And the voice is a very important source of inspiration
I liked the scarves. I thought there was something about it that seemed right. But it came from some research that I did, from photos in the ’70s and ’80s of people that were very inspiring.
I don’t think people are done with ambition or creative dreams. Just because you can make a video for $500 doesn’t mean that’s the only video that should be made. Cultural exchange and that sort of thing is awesome. It brings about unique experience both for the filmmakers and the people watching it, whether it’s a video shot on an iPhone or something shot on film and Anamorphic, there’s room for everything