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Monday 22 September 2014

Jared Leto on awards success: 'I don't want to sound like a jerk because I've won 30 awards this year'

Published 29/01/2014 | 11:36

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Jared Leto, winner of the Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role award, poses in the press room at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, January 18, 2014  at the Shrine Auditorium  in Los Angeles, California.  AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR        (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Jared Leto, winner of the Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role award at the SAG Awards
Jared Leto as Rayon in Jean-Marc Vallée’s fact-based drama, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, a Focus Features release. Photo Credit:  Anne Marie Fox / Focus Features
Jared Leto as Rayon in Jean-Marc Vallée’s fact-based drama, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

Jared Leto "doesn't want to sound like a jerk" when he mentions his 30 Dallas Buyers Club wins.

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The 42-year-old actor is currently starring as Rayon in the movie, based upon the true story of Ron Woodroof and his fight against AIDS.

The film is up for six Oscars, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Jared.

"I don't want to sound like a jerk right now but somebody told me yesterday that I've won over 30 awards for it already. I didn't even know there were 30 awards to win. The big ones were the Golden Globe and the SAG award," he told Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw.

"It was a labour of love; I hadn't made a film in like six years. I read this script... I wasn't looking to make a film really but I ended up reading this script and I fell in love."

Although the Oscars are just around the corner, Jared isn't thinking about taking home the Academy Award on March 2.

For him, bringing this "special" story to life was more important than thinking about accolades.

"I think I felt like I'd brought this person to life. But none of us on this set were thinking about results. We weren't patting ourselves on the back, put it that way," he explained.

"We had no idea; it was just about telling this story. It's a really special story about a group of people who are struggling to stay alive. A group of people who decide to say, 'No, I'm not going to accept the fate you've given me and I'm going to go out and try to do things differently.' I feel really proud to be a part of it."

Jared is in London for the premiere of Dallas Buyers Club, which takes place this evening.

His co-star Matthew McConaughey was meant to join Jared in the Radio 1 studios, but he'd phoned ahead to say he couldn't make the interview.

"When you're a giant movie star, you know, you don't have to come kiss the ring anymore," Jared joked.

"He's doing alright, alright, alright..." Jared said in a Texan drawl, mimicking Matthew's distinctive voice.

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