Jared Leto apparently had an entrepreneurial bent when he was young. Unfortunately, the not-yet-award-winning actor bent towards cannabis and that got him fired from his gig at a movie theatre.
During an episode of Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show this week, 49-year-old Leto let it be known that he used to sell bud from the back door of the theater, according to the New York Post. He got found out, though, and was fired for his weedy wrongdoing.
DeGeneres joked, “You were hustling. Trying to sell popcorn and weed at the same time. What’s wrong with that?”
The co-star of Ridley Scott-directed House of Gucci — which also stars Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jeremy Irons and Al Pacino — responded: “They go well together, some say.”
“I was an entrepreneur,” he quipped during the video (at about 2:56 in the clip).
Born in Louisiana, Leto and his family moved about after his parents split. They lived in, among other places, Philadelphia and New York.
Recreational cannabis was illegal when he was young in all three states, and remains so today in Louisiana. While possessing 14 grams or less in the state is a misdemeanour with no possibility of jail time and a maximum fine of US$100 ($127), having between 14 grams and 2.5 pounds (1.1 kilograms) can lead to up to six months in jail and a US$500 ($635) fine.
Clearly, the firing experience didn’t sour Leto on the movies or acting. “I love going to the movies,” he told DeGeneres, pointing out that the House of Gucci is being released in theaters.
The firing also likely did not sour him on cannabis, the smell of which offers Leto comfort.
Per Music News, he said in 2011 that weed smell reminds him of his mother’s friends. “The smell of bonfires, and of marijuana. My mom’s friends always smoked that,” he told the German edition of Glamour magazine.
Leto’s award-winning turn in the Dallas Buyers Club snagged best supporting Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild top nods. The 2013 movie is a story about a banned drug, those needed by AIDS patients, many of whom had to get their medications on the sly during the early days of the disease.
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