Jared Leto Covers Rihanna's "Stay" in a Surprisingly Emotional Performance

Entertainment Sep. 19, 2013 AT 1:50PM

He's no Vin Diesel, but Jared Leto more than holds his own covering Rihanna's gorgeously sad love song "Stay." The actor and his rock band, 30 Seconds to Mars, performed the ballad for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge on Sept. 17 in London, imbuing it with a raw rock and roll edge. (Diesel famously Karaoke'd the hit number earlier this year and even posted the performance to his Facebook page on Valentine's Day!)

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Leto, clad in a black leather jacket and wearing aviator sunglasses, his long hair loose and tousled, shows off his impressive vocal chops. He's accompanied only by a pianist and a drummer. The unconventional star maintains an appropriately anguished demeanor as he belts out the heart-wrenching song.

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The 41-year-old Leto, who has a rabid fan base that has been loyal since his Jordan Catalano days (he was one of the breakout stars of cult hit My So-Called Life), has been getting lots of buzz lately, and not just for his music. After taking a five-year break from acting, he's returned to the big screen — in a big way. The actor stars opposite Matthew McConaughey in the upcoming film The Dallas Buyers Club, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival a few weeks ago, and his performance as an HIV-positive transgender has sparked talk of an Oscar nomination.

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