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Jared Leto References Pubes, Thirty Seconds to Mars in Globes Speech

'I'm just fortunate I didn't have to do a full Brazilian,' he said

January 12, 2014 10:25 PM ET
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Actor Jared Leto expressed gratitude for, uh, pubic hair during the acceptance speech for his first-ever Golden Globe award tonight for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. "I'm just fortunate it was a period piece, and I didn't have to do a full Brazilian," he said. "Ladies you know what I'm talkin about and so do some of you men, I think."

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Leto won the award for his role in Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture. His comment came after he riffed on one of hostess Amy Poehler's jokes about prosthetic genitalia: "That tiny little Brazilian bubble butt was all mine," Leto said.

The actor won the award for his portrayal of a transgender, AIDS-positive woman named Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club was his first major acting role since the 2009 movie Mr. Nobody. "It was a very transformative role," he said in his acceptance speech. "I had to do a lot of things to prepare. One of the things I did was wax my entire body, including my eyebrows." Then he went on to detail the rest of his body. He beat out Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), Daniel Bruhl (Rush) and Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) for the trophy.

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"I didn't make a film for almost six years. I was pursuing other dreams," he said, likely referencing his moonlighting gig as the frontman of Thirty Seconds to Mars. "And I just have to say it: it's more than an honor to come back and have this love and this support. I never expected it. I never even dreamed of it."

In an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year, Leto discussed just how transformative it was for him to play Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club. "The only way I can do what I do is by going headfirst and diving deep," Leto said. "I get out what I put in. If you're playing a transsexual drug addict dying of AIDS with a dialect, with all those circumstances and emotional conditions, I don't understand how you can let all that go when someone says, 'Cut.'"

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Within the past five years or so, Thirty Seconds to Mars have issued two albums, 2009's This Is War and 2013's Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams. The group's documentary, Artifact, won a People's Choice Award in Toronto in 2012. Most recently, he united his music and acting worlds in the video for the song "City of Angels," which featured appearances by the likes of Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan and James Franco, among many, many others.

Leto ended his speech by offering, "To the Rayons of the world, thanks for the inspiration."

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