Image Credit: CobrasnakeJared Leto wasn’t completely surprised when TV networks refused to air his band’s racy “Hurricane” video. “We always knew there would be some images that would have a tough time getting through,” says the Thirty Seconds to Mars singer, who called the Music Mix while driving to the band’s next gig in Brighton, England today. “But we didn’t expect this kind of pushback that we’re getting now.”

In fact, the “Hurricane” clip that 30STM submitted for TV had already been edited down from the original. “I had always planned on having an explicit version and then a version that was not so explicit,” Leto says. “The version that we were trying to get on broadcast is not the explicit version, and that’s still having a really difficult time.”

Leto wonders just why the networks were so offended by the video’s sexual images. “I’m not interested in provocation for provocation’s sake,” he says. “I just think it’s interesting that when you turn on the news or whatever else catches your interest, how much violence and negativity is available out there. As soon as it comes time for sexuality, it’s a big shock that people are sexual beings. It’s an interesting double standard to me.”

Now he is debating how whether to edit “Hurricane” further to meet TV standards. “You know, at another time I would say, ‘Absolutely not.’ I would refuse 1,000 percent to change what I felt was important. But with this film, I’m not so sure I would cut off the nose to spite its face, so to speak…There are creative solutions to every problem. Certainly it would be difficult for people to air a 13-minute-long music video slash short film, regardless of the content. I think people have dealt with this in different ways in the past. People have made cuts. People like Mark Romanek have gotten creative and had ‘scene missing’ cards [for Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Closer’].” In any case, it sounds likely that Leto will post the full clip online soon. “That’s a great opportunity, and we’re going to take full advantage of that.” (UPDATE: Watch the censored version of the “Hurricane” video now.)

While Kanye West worked with Thirty Seconds to Mars on an alternate version of “Hurricane” (the song), he wasn’t involved in the video. At least, not yet. “I have talked to him about it,” Leto says. “I’ve sent him some images and some clips. We’re still plotting and planning, so you never know.”

In the meantime, the rocker has been jamming out to West’s new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. “It’s great,” he raves. “There’s no denying the talent and the artistry at work there. It’s nice to see that hard work pays off…He came and did a song with us at the [MTV Europe Music Awards]. At the last minute, literally, probably three or four minutes before we walked on stage in front of 60,000 people on a city street in Madrid, he looks over at me and says, ‘Hey, what do you think about throwing ‘Power’ in the middle of the song?’ I said, ‘Let’s do it!’ So we just went out and threw it together. It was a pretty magical experience.”

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