Jared Leto dug deep into his contacts list to assemble the cast for Thirty Seconds to Mars’ new video for “City of Angels,” a track off their 2013 album Love Lust Faith and Dreams.
Right from the get-go, the video opens with Kanye West naming everything he likes about Los Angeles: “Pools, 1950s architectural homes, glamour, muscle cars” and on and on. Throughout the 11-minute clip, over the rock trio’s poppy, synth-textured track, West and a variety of other talking heads share their feelings about the city. Among them: Lindsay Lohan, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Juliette Lewis, Steve Nash, Ashley Olsen, Juliette Lewis, Selena Gomez, Corey Feldman, Alan Cumming and each member of the band. Each provides a generally fascinating take on how Los Angeles shaped their lives.
In his own confessional, Leto says, “I wouldn’t have anything if it wasn’t for this city.” Gomez says, “I’m a Disney kid. People try to tell me what to do every single day. I think they think I’m goody-goody, I’m boring, that I’m a fame whore, that I use people.” West says, “People let their frustrations out on me. ‘I love Kanye West’ – they say the opposite of that. But I’m not gonna say that. I’m only gonna say what I want to put into the universe.” Feldman talks about the financial burdens of being a child actor. Olsen opines on the fleeting nature of fame. Lewis and Franco talk about managing dreams and expectations. Cumming simply says, “Well, I don’t like it.”
“I made this short film so I could share my thoughts on this incredibly special place and talk to others about theirs,” said Leto in a statement. “It’s not so much about this particular city but more about the people who inhabit it. This is for the dreamers who know that sometimes the impossible is indeed possible.”
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The video is billed as a “Bartholomew Cubbins Film” but, as we recently learned, that’s a pseudonym of Leto’s. He borrowed the name from a Dr. Seuss book so people would not picture him when they read the name. Leto told Rolling Stone, “I made up the story that he’s some insanely obnoxious Danish albino.”