Entertainment's eternal cliche -- singers wanting to act, actors wanting to sing -- is proving punchline no more. Stars on both sides, emboldened by the Internet's speed and their own creative impulses, are making moonlighting obsolete.

"Do you mind if I eat a little?" Jared Leto asks. "I'm ­trying to gain a lot of weight. It means I have to eat every couple of hours -- and I'm terrible at eating a lot." Leto, 43, is sitting on a battered circular couch in a cavernous white room on the ground floor of his Hollywood Hills home. A takeout container filled with vegan tacos sits before him. Leto's accessorized with red-and-purple socks, a woolly ski hat and a red fanny pack, for a look that is more Phish parking lot than red carpet. His beard and hair extend to Old Testament length.

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