The actor-musician, who took home the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award last month for the supporting role as transgender drug addict Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, admits his golden statuette has already suffered a few scratches and dings.
“I damaged it. But then I came home and saw it had another nick on it. So it looks like someone else had fun with it, too,” Leto tells Associated Press in a new interview. “My Oscar is a filthy mess. Everybody was pawing that thing. I kind of was just passing it around at parties. A couple of times I lost sight of it and I thought, ‘You know, if it goes away, it’s not meant to be mine.’ But it always seemed to find its way back to me.'”
In fact, 41-year-old says he damaged the much-coveted award just hours after the ceremony.
In March, he told Canada’s Entertainment Tonight that he accidentally smashed the statue against some railings while leaving the show.
“I was letting some of the people that I work with take a picture with the Oscar and I was carrying it down the stairs and, boom, I hit it against the stairs, the railing and I put a little nick in the back of it,” he admitted. “So, you know, that’s how it goes. It’s already lived in, as they say.”
“The Oscar is sitting in my kitchen, guarded by some vegan butter and a bag of popcorn,” Leto said. “You know, they kind of end up in the kitchen because that’s the first place that I go when I get home. You put your keys down and you take off your jacket … and you put your Oscar in the kitchen.”
Someone get this man a glass case already.