Jared Leto is raising awareness for the political crisis in the Ukraine…
The 42-year-old part-Spanish American actor/rock star, who mentioned the plight of the people in the Ukraine in his Oscars acceptance speech, visited Kiev to pay his respects to those who died in last month’s Ukrainian revolution — and perform with his band 30 Seconds to Mars.
After mentioning his mother and brother in his emotional speech on March 2 when he won the best supporting actor prize for Dallas Buyers Club, Leto acknowledged, “all the dreamers out there around the world… in places like Ukraine and Venezuela … as you struggle to make your dreams happens and live the impossible, we are thinking of you.”
He repeated those sentiments in Kiev when he performed Wednesday before a live audience the night before visiting Kiev’s Maiden Square, where as many as 100 people — most of them anti-government protestors — died last month in clashes with police and security forces.
On Thursday, Leto mingled with the crowds, stopping at some of the dozens of flower-strewn shrines that have been erected on the spots where protestors died, many of them killed by sniper fire.
The previous evening, when he played to an enthusiastic crowd, Leto said: “You guys are in the midst of something really beautiful and it may be difficult, but there’s no price too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
He added: “And I want to let you know, I understand other bands have canceled their shows, but there was no f—ing way, no f—ing way, 30 Seconds to Mars wasn’t going to be here in this beautiful city, in this great country here tonight.”
Footage of his comment, filmed by a member of the audience, was later posted on YouTube.