HOLLYWOOD, March 3 (UPI) -- After noting the political unrest in Ukraine and Venezuela while accepting an Academy Award on Sunday, Jared Leto continued his activist speech backstage.
As the 42-year-old singer-turned-actor answered questions about his golden statuette, he told reporters that his band, 30 Seconds To Mars, would be playing shows in the countries he mentioned during his acceptance speech.
"We have a show in the Ukraine in a couple of weeks," Leto revealed backstage after his big win. "We have a show in Thailand in a few weeks. We had a show in Venezuela in the works. So these things, social unrest, social issues like this affect us in a really immediate way. So I felt on behalf of the people that I interact with (on social media) and my own interests as a person in a global band, it was important to address those things."
Earlier in the ceremony, the Dallas Buyers Club actor gave a shout-out to all Ukranian and Venezuelan "dreamers" who are struggling to make their dreams happen letting them know that, "We're thinking of you tonight."