Jared Leto: ‘Kurt Cobain video was not an audition’

30 Seconds To Mars star's imitation was merely 'an exercise in exploration'

Jared Leto has opened up about his bizarre Kurt Cobain tribute that emerged last week.

Last Monday, the actor and 30 Seconds To Mars star posted a video online to mark 17 years since the death of the Nirvana frontman. You can watch the clip by scrolling down.

It portrays Leto dressed up as Cobain, and performing acoustic segments of ‘Pennyroyal Tea’ and ‘Rape Me’.

He has now told NME that the clip actually dates back 18 months. Leto said: “I ran into Courtney Love one night about a year and a half ago and she told me to read this book Heavier Than Heaven (Charles R CrossCobain biography).

“I heard that they were making a film and I was curious, so I filmed myself exploring the character. It was really just an exercise in exploration. I never sent it into the studio, I didn’t have a grand plan. Then I heard it was the anniversary of his death so I just thought I’d put it out there, because I’ve just always been incredibly grateful for his contribution.”

Asked whether he would be interested in playing Cobain should the film ever be made, he said: “It would depend on the script and the director, but I didn’t put this out to pitch or audition for that role. That wasn’t what it was about.”

Meanwhile, Leto narrates forthcoming motor-racing documentary TT3D: Closer To The Edge, which opens in the UK on April 22.