The most recent stop on Jared Leto’s publicity tour for Suicide Squad was on the cover of this month’s issue of Rolling Stone. Just like his fellow Suicide Squad co-star Margot Robbie, he also served up sex and skin on the cover. I think my eyes have seen roughly 1.6 million pictures of Jared in Manic Panic Meth-head drag as The Joker, so it’s a really refreshing change to see him working a new look for a change. Yes, even if he looks like a hot dirtbag who sells counterfeit t-shirts at Skid Row concerts from the trunk of his car. I’ll take what I can get.
Jared did more than just channel his inner-Janet by posing topless on the cover in a pair of 90s denim, he also said words. Of course, his words were very Jared Leto-y. He got both deep (fatherhood, existentialism) and high (drugs, drugs, and how he used to do so many drugs).
On the likelihood that there’s a 30 Seconds to Mars fan out there with Jared’s backstage baby: “You never know. Someone could always come up to a show and give me a little surprise visit. ‘Dad?’ In a way, that would be kind of fucking beautiful. What an incredible surprise that would be!”
On how he’d probably end up keeping his mouth shut if that every happened: “Even if I was in a relationship or maybe if I was having kids, I don’t know if I would share that information publicly.”
On how his potential kid would be part-Fred Flintstone: “I have a lot of Neanderthal in me. Maybe that’s why I’m so good at climbing.”
On how we might all be living in The Matrix: “This could all be some big game, as well. Who knows if this is even real as we perceive real to be.”
On The Joker’s ball-removal fetish (I think?): “If the Joker did this interview, he’d definitely castrate you and make you eat your own testicles. Just for fun. That’s if he liked you.”
On drugs: “My experience with drugs? I did them, lots of them. A lot of them were really fun. There are just those few that tend to kick you in the ass. I guess at some point, too, there’s a decision: Is this going to be my life? I made a choice to pursue other dreams…Some drugs are incredible, but the risk versus reward is out of line. I just saw too many examples of what not to do.”
On how teenage Jared Leto was such a druggy bad ass: There was also some petty thievery, and maybe worse – he says he was arrested a few times, and has hinted at an incident “involving a gun and some cocaine.”
On how Jared Leto only does psychedelic drugs at drug mecca, aka Burning Man: “No, only at Burning Man. Only if I’m having an orgy at Burning Man will I take that.”
That’s only a bit of what he talked about. Jared also got into method acting, preparing for The Joker (aka watching violent shit on YouTube), and how he thought lying was so cool because River Phoenix once said in an interview that he tried to lie as much as possible. You can read it all here.
All the while Jared was talking about that 30 Seconds to Mars baby, I couldn’t help but think “But Jared Leto is too young to be a daddy.” Um, WRONG. Jared Leto is 44 years old now. He’s old enough to be the daddy of many babies. Hell, he could have some non-babies out there, too. 30 Seconds to Mars’ first album came out 14 years ago, so technically he could be the father of a teenager. I’m sure if Jared wanted to find his illegitimate teenage offspring, it wouldn’t be that hard. All he’d have to do is visit a bunch of high schools in towns where he’s played and hold up a picture of Terry Richardson and say “Who wants to get their picture taken with my by this guy?” Whichever kid stands up and says “Sure! And can we dress up like junkie Jesuses for it?” will definitely test positive for Leto DNA.