Welcome to Jared-Leto.org - a website for american actor/musician Jared Leto whom you might know from movies such as "Requiem for a Dream", "Alexander", "Lord of War", "Lonely Hearts", "Chapter 27", from the band 30 Seconds to Mars and from the upcoming "Mr. Nobody". Here we aim to bring the latest on Jared and his upcoming projects. Thanks for your visit and enjoy your stay.

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Chapter 27 (2007)
As Mark Chapman
Director: Jarrett Chaeffer
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Mr Nobody (2008)
As Nemo Nobody
Director: Jaco van Dormael
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30 Seconds to Mars' self-titled 2002 debut established the group as fresh, new force, revealing a multi-faceted outfit that thrived on creative exploration and escape. And for their follow-up, "A Beautiful Lie," frontman Jared Leto wanted to explore an entirely new, far more confessional sonic landscape. "On the first record I created a world, then hid behind it," Leto says. "With 'A Beautiful Lie,' it was time to take a more personal and less cerebral approach. Although this record is still full of conceptual elements and thematic ideas it is ultimately much more wrapped around the heart than the head. It's about brutal honesty, growth, change. It's an incredibly intimate look into a life that is in the crossroads. A raw emotional journey. A story of life, love, death, pain, joy, and passion. Of what it is to be human."

In addition to being more lyrically direct, "A Beautiful Lie" has undergone a musical transformation as well. Progressive, multi-tracked passages have been replaced by leaner and far more impacting constructs and some of the eclecticism has been focused in order to compliment the honesty of the songwriting. "We wanted to focus on the insides of the song," Jared says. "To cut away anything extraneous. To get to the truth of it all. For us, it wasn't about how much we could do but about how little. That was the beginning of a lot of challenges. I worked hard to create something very special and different the first time around, sonically and conceptually. And that first CD will always be that, no matter what. But, in order to move forward you have to leave some things behind. That was not always the easiest thing to do. In some ways, it was the birth of something new and the death of something old."

The results are transcendent. The first single, "Attack," is a dynamic expression of rebirth and renewal that features energetic keyboards, vast, abrasive guitars and infectious vocals, which soar from a pain-stricken wail to an intimate whisper. "The Kill" is more reflective, driven by beautifully complex guitars and a primal beat that segues into an epic, anthemic refrain, and "Was it a Dream" is an intimate, melodic, and surreal experience, pulsing with a moody rhythm that's equally redolent of the Cure, and U2.

"We needed this album to be something that reset the bar for us," Leto says. "As proud as we are of our previous efforts, I really wanted to destroy the first record by making a second one. The last thing we wanted to do was make the same record twice."

"It was important for it to be emotionally accessible, and also stripped down and raw," says Jared's brother and drummer Shannon. "We needed this record to sound really genuine and honest."

Dramatic transformation often comes at a price and 30 Seconds to Mars is no exception. The musical and lyrical changes that resonate throughout "A Beautiful Lie" reflect the sometimes painful development Jared and his bandmates underwent before and during the creation of the record. "There were a lot of intense changes taking place for us during the making of this project, personally and artistically," Jared says. "Change was an important theme this time around and you can feel it. However, as dark and reflective as some of the moments on this CD can be, there is always a huge sense of optimism and celebration. It was a battle. And in a way, it's about going to war. Going to war with yourself and winning."

"When we toured for the last album, we were going to war every night," adds Shannon." "We played well over 300 shows, and eventually we won that battle. Now that we've accomplished that, this record was more about us continuing to grow and make really great songs."

Joining the Leto brothers in the studio for the first time were guitarist Tomo Milicevic and bassist Matt Wachter, both of whom toured for the first 30 Seconds to Mars album. On that disc, Jared recorded all of the guitar, bass and synth parts as well as the vocals, with Shannon playing the drums, but this time, a more collaborative route developed, which was new and exciting, but very challenging as well. Ultimately, it resulted in a very rewarding and productive collaboration.

"At first we weren't really sure what our role was gonna be," Milicevic says. "But it became more defined as time went on. Jared would bring in the songs and we would all help shape them into what they became, which wasn't always easy. I think the mantra for this record should be, 'Through great struggle comes great art.'"

"It was a little strange to have other people involved in the process because I can be very protective of the music," admits Jared. "In the past, it was very difficult for me to let other people participate because it was such a special, private and personal experience for my brother and I. Now, for the first time, we have a group of four people who have the same vision, share the same tastes and dreams. And it's amazing because we all work so well together."

For their last album, 30 Seconds to Mars, entered the studio with legendary producer Bob Ezrin. This time, they recruited Josh Abraham, who produced the Grammy award winning Velvet Revolver record. 30 Seconds to Mars began in April 2004 and worked on and off in six different studios before finishing the album. Jared credits Abraham for expediting the process.

"I'm very methodical and obsessive and will beat something to death to get something right, and Josh isn't like that at all," Jared says. "He likes to keep things organic. He doesn't over-think or overdo anything, which helped keep things sounding spontaneous."

"We didn't do 10 million takes of everything, which is maybe why the record has a really raw feel," Wachter says. "It became more about capturing the initial thought, the first expression."

"Change was an important theme for all of us this time around and a cycle that everyone goes through many times in their lives," Jared explains. "I wanted each song to be like a chapter in a book. Together, they add up to make the story, but individually, every chapter has to have its own color, its own expression, its own personality."

"We're striving to do something different, to look forward rather than back, to be free from the shadows of our inspiration, and to continue, with our voice to make our mark."

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