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Leto escapes life of crime
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Jared Leto almost ended up becoming a drug dealer.

The actor and 30 Seconds To Mars frontman admits he took illegal substances when he was a teenager and if it wasn't for discovering his artistic skills he could have been sucked into a life of crime.

"I was at a crossroads in life when I was 16," the star told The Big Issue magazine. "I didn't know I was going to be an actor. I thought I might be an artist or a painter. Or maybe a drug dealer.

"I didn't know which path I would take. It's just fortunate that I chose one over the other."

Leto has previously talked about his wild past and how he and his brother Shannon - also a member of his band - used to steal to get thrills.

"We broke into offices, warehouses, schools - you name it, we did it," he said. "And in the process we became a right pair of little thieves: bottles of liquor one day, a scooter or a nice-looking motorbike the next.

"It was what we did. Some kids went and did summer camps, we went and stole your car. At the time, I don't think we thought there was much wrong with what we were doing, unless of course we got caught - that was the wrong part."

The West Australian

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