Jared Leto performs as Kurt Cobain - see video
Jared Leto channels Kurt Cobain in a new video that shows him performing two songs by the late singer's grunge rock band Nirvana.
Cobain died at age 27 on April 5, 1994 and millions of fans around the world on Tuesday marked the 17th anniversary of his death, which was ruled a suicide.
"Can't believe it's been that long," Leto, singer of the rock band "Thirty Seconds To Mars" and star of the short-lived 1990s drama series "My So-Called Life," said on his website. "So grateful for his contribution and inspiration. Not sure I'd be doing this if it weren't for him. He gave us all permission to create no matter what our skill set and reminded me that dreams are possible."
The video shows Leto donning messy, blonde hair similar to Cobain's while performing "Pennyroyal Tea" and "Rape Me," from Nirvana's third and final studio album, "In Utero," which was released in 1993.
"This made me recall a short piece of film I shot when I heard they were making a film celebrating his life," Leto added before posting the video. "I made it to explore the character and explore creative possibilities. I never sent it to the studio or to anyone but thought I'd share it now."
Oren Moverman, the director of the 2009 movie "The Messenger," is developing a movie based on Cobain's life. The biopic is slated for release later this year.
Also on Tuesday, a sculpted guitar memorial to Kurt Cobain was unveiled in a park in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington. It was placed in a park near the Young Street bridge, which was mentioned in the Nirvana song "Something in the Way."
The band, whose drummer was Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, also spurred the commercial hits "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Lithium."
Leto, 39, played bad boy Jordan Catalano on "My So-Called Life," which ran between 1994 and 1995 and launched the career of main star Claire Danes. Leto went on to star in movies such as "Girl, Interrupted" in 1999 and "Requiem For a Dream" in 2000. His last major role was in the 2009 film "Mr. Nobody," an independent movie starring Diane Kruger and "Dawn of the Dead" actress Sarah Polley.