And some of them turned into the biggest movies ever made." Now, thanks to his band's steady, hard-won progress; a 2014 Oscar for his bravura turn as a transgender woman with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club; and his key role as the murderous Joker in August 5th's supervillain-centric potential blockbuster Suicide Squad, he is both an actual rock star and an A-list movie star — a double brass ring that no one else in his generation has come close to grabbing.
"More than one Academy Award-winning actor has walked into my office," says Leto's music manager, Irving Azoff, "and said, ' I can be a successful rock star, help me!
He parlayed his vocal prowess and songwriting skills into a solo career, making his solo debut with his Kim’s label S.
He's strapped on a blue backpack that holds, among other items, trail mix and a big thermos of water.
Over the course of an intense three-and-a-half-hour trek, Leto, a longtime vegan, nibbles a bit of the trail mix.
reports Kim was found unconscious in a rented apartment nearly two hours after his older sister alerted police about worrying texts from him that mentioned a “last goodbye.” He was transported to a nearby hospital but failed to regain consciousness.
His death is currently being investigated as a suicide, according to the Yonhap News Agency. Entertainment released an official statement confirming the passing of Kim Jonghyun.
But he also seems curiously self-perfected, as if he's gone clear in some one-man Church of Letology, and sleeker than any Homo sapiens should be, moving with serpentine ease. This kind of climbing is nothing for him, anyway — the 3,600-foot-tall El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park, is more his speed.
He recently took a genetic test, with revealing results: "I have a lot of Neanderthal in me," he says. "Which was kind of a sport." These days, he adds, he's "essentially" straight-edge, and certainly doesn't drink. Only if I'm having an orgy at Burning Man will I take that." (He's probably joking, but then again, he did go to Burning Man last year.)Above, the occasional eagle flies by; a snake slithers on the trail ahead. ***eto is fond of rock-climbing metaphors, so maybe it's not too on-the-nose to note that the course of his showbiz career has been as jagged as the kind of terrain he's fond of traversing.
Leto scrambles upward, arms spread wide and spiderlike, while encouraging me to use a chain someone left there.
"That was, like, a Home Depot garden chain," he tells me, a full 24 hours later.
"There were people in this town who thought it was insane.
There were films that I decided not to do because I had tiny little tours, and people would just lose their minds.
A tiny bluebird lands on a nearby tree branch before fluttering away, leaving us as the only living creatures in sight. "When you commit to something that's seemingly impossible," he says, referring to ascents both metaphorical and literal, "and you're pushing through things that are seemingly hostile, and then you're like, ' Oh, wow, we did that,' that's a great feeling.