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Elijah Wood Clarifies Jared Leto Feud: ‘No Animosity From My Perspective’

Elijah Wood and  Jared Leto

Elijah Wood and Jared Leto

One of music’s most mercurial figures, Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars, is getting the documentary treatment as part of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

In Artifact, the actor and rock star exposes his soul as his band faces off against their record label, Virgin/EMI, in a bitter court battle and also works on a follow-up to their album A Beautiful Lie.

Spinner’s uncertain whether we’ll be able to talk to the notoriously press-weary “Jordan Catalano” during the festival, but we did recently ask his fellow music-loving actor Elijah Wood about the pair’s much-publicized spat at the 2006 MTV U Woodie Awards. Basically, Wood, who just curated a vinyl rarities box set, once confessed to Blender Magazine that he wasn’t overly fond of the whole musician-turned-actor thing.

“I would never try to be like other actors and attempt to make [music] myself. I mean, have you heard 30 Seconds to Mars?… Fucking awful, man!” he was quoted as saying in their January/February 2003 issue. Leto didn’t take kindly to the comment and very publicly yelled and cursed at the Lord of the Rings actor at the MTV event. Although Wood dismissed the confrontation as “ridiculous” in a subsequent interview with Jane magazine, the bizarre event has developed a sort of mythic status among music geeks over the years, enough so that we felt the need to check in with Wood and see if there was any lingering hard feelings between the two actors.

“I have no idea,” Wood tells Spinner. “There’s certainly no animosity from my perspective. I think, honestly nothing really happened. I don’t think that there was anything to smooth over. Not like there was something or some sort of grudge that started that night. I don’t know. I’ve seen him at things and I’ve not, like, talked to him or anything.”

As minor as the actual situation was, though, he does regret making that original comment in retrospect.

“I think I partially made a mistake in saying that I didn’t like that band and that wasn’t really… I try to stay away from criticism just because if you can’t say anything nice, it’s not really good to say anything at all.”

These days Wood has a much more positive attitude toward anyone who wants to branch out and try different things.

“I think anybody should be able to do what they want to do creatively,” he says. “I think my thing was that it didn’t always yield the best results, but you can say that about pretty much anyone in one profession moving to a different profession. But I think that also, to a certain degree, that was narrow-minded of me as well, because I think that everybody should have the opportunity, without criticism, to jump into anything they want, if there’s something that they want to express themselves in.”

This story originally ran September 13, 2012 on Spinner.

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This Isn’t War Between Elijah Wood And Jared Leto

Elijah Wood & Jared Leto

Elijah Wood & Jared Leto

UPDATE: Because Spinner is RIP we’ve unearthed this story in full here.

Risky Fuel personally knows no less than three people who ran afoul of 30 Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto being (we’ll refer to it charitably) “difficult” on three separate occasions. And the way these things go, once is an off day, but three times? That’s a pattern.

So it was with some mischievous enthusiasm that when Sarah spoke to actor Elijah Wood she got a status update on the running feud that has existed between Frodo and Jordan Catalano for half a decade.

As it turns out, there’s no hard feelings or ill will anymore. On Woods’ side, at least.

To read the whole thing, head over to Spinner by clicking here.

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When Elijah Wood Was A Beastie Boy

Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood

Remember that epic half-hour Beastie Boys video for “Fight For Your Right (Revisited)”?

There was hooliganism, Will Arnett getting hit with a flying beer, and a literal pissing contest… man, it was great stuff.

One of the principal actors in the video was Elijah Wood and Sarah spoke to him recently about it for Spinner.

Basically Wood called it one of the best experiences of his life.

To read the story click here.

And do yourself a favour and watch the video:

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Elijah Wood: Music Connoisseur


Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood

Most folks don’t know it, but Elijah Wood, better known as Frodo, is a man of solid musical taste.

In fact, some folks think so highly of his crate-digging that he was commissioned to create a box set of rare 45 singles.

Sarah talked to him about it for Spinner. You can read the story by clicking here.



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