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Jared Leto Is Following in Shia LaBeouf’s Footsteps and Hitchhiking Across America

Leto's career post-Oscar win continues to be incredibly strange.

Jared Leto

Jared Leto

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Jared Leto’s career post-Oscar win is about to take another unusual turn. The actor has announced he’s going to hitchhike across America in celebration of his band 30 Second to Mars’ fifth album, “America.” Leto has been in New York City this week promoting the album, which becomes available to purchase on April 6, and he’ll head to Los Angeles by way of hitchhiking through the country.

“It’s a pretty big adventure,” Leto told Ryan Seacrest about his plan during a visit to Seacrest’s radio show. “I’m going to hitchhike, among other things, across the country from New York City to Los Angeles. I may jump on a donkey in the Grand Canyon or take a hot air balloon. I got the gear.”

Leto not-so-surprisingly revealed he hitchhiked a lot as a kid and learned to trust his instincts in the process.

“You know if you get that look, that 1000-yard-stare, no blinking, you probably should just steer clear,” he said of deciding on who to trust in the driver’s seat. “But you meet a lot of interesting people and a lot of really kind people. You see a lot of things that are very different than what you might expect because of what we hear on the news. You see a lot of people getting along. You see a lot of beauty and inspiration.”

Leto is just the latest actor to make hitchhiking across a America his new undertaking. Shia LaBeouf famously used Twitter and social media to hitchhike across the country in summer 2016 as part of an art project called #TakeMeAnywhere. LaBeouf and his artistic collaborators Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner would tweet the GPS coordinates of their location and wait for a follower traveling through the area to bring them to their next destination.

As far as acting is concerned, Leto most recently starred in the polarizing Yakuza drama “The Outside.” He also played the villain in last year’s acclaimed tentpole “Blade Runner 2049.” Leto is expected to reprise his role as The Joker in Warner Bros’ “Suicide Squad” sequel.

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