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Jared Leto Explains Why He Was Laughing at Jennifer Lawrence at the 2014 Oscars

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if you weren’t sure just exactly what Jennifer Lawrence was referring to when she called the audience out for laughing during her presentation of the Best Actor award at the 2014 Oscars, Jared Leto is here to explain it to you.

When the ‘American Hustle’ actress went off-script to say, “Why are you laughing? What, is this funny? I’m watching you,” it turns out she wasn’t addressing the A-list crowd as a whole — but Leto and his mom and brother, who were cracking up.

“She said, ‘What are you laughing at?’” Leto told Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush. “But what she didn’t know was that Ellen [DeGeneres] was on the side…making pantomiming [motions like], ‘Don’t fall, don’t fall,’ and my mom and my brother are all cracking up,” the Best Supporting Actor explained.

“I guess we don’t have any manners,” he continued, joking. “You can take them out of Louisiana but you can’t take Louisiana out of them, right?” (Both he and DeGeneres hail from the state.)

But Leto wasn’t done giving J. Law a hard time. Drawing on her accidental trip on the red carpet and her infamous fall up the stairs while receiving her Best Actress statuette at the Oscars last year, the actor joked:

“You know, I’m starting to wonder if this is a bit of an act,” he told Billy Bush.

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