30 Seconds to Mars Call on Famous Friends in Another Epic Video
The band has released the video for "City of Angels," but it isn't your standard music clip. Rather, it's an extended 10-minute short film featuring shots of the band performing at night in front of the glittering Los Angeles skyline intercut with celebrities such as Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan, James Franco, and Selena Gomez testifying about their love and hate of Los Angeles and fame.
West opens the clip saying, "The pools, 1950s architectural homes, glamour, muscle, Crips & Bloods, low-riders, Snoop Dogg, Dre, Kim, Tupac, James Dean, Howard Hughes, Walt Disney, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, and Superman." He later adds, "This city took my mother, but this city also gave me my child" -- referring to his mother, Donda West, who died in 2007 following complications from plastic surgery; and his daughter with Kim Kardashian, North, born in June.
In the clip, Lohan says, "The city of angels is where I was able to find myself again; the real me," while Leto offers, "I wouldn't have anything if it wasn't for the city."
Billed as a film by Leto's alter-ego Bartholowmew Cubbins, the video also features street performers, including a Superman character and Jackson and Monroe impersonators, as well as Juliette Lewis, Corey Feldman, Ashley Olsen, Olivia Wilde, and Alan Cumming.
"'City Of Angels' is a short film about this wild, weird, and wonderful land, Los Angeles, California. A place that has left its mark on the world's imagination and a place where dreams can actually come true," Leto said in a statement. "I made this short film so I could share my thoughts on this incredibly special place and talk to others about theirs. 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."
The band has also recorded an acoustic version of the song, which will is featured on the soundtrack to The Dallas Buyers Club. The film, which features Leto starring along with Matthew McConaughey, opens on Friday.