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30 Seconds to Mars video for 'City of Angels' shows what LA means to celebrities

Posted by Emily Wright  October 31, 2013 02:04 PM

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Directed by frontman Jared Leto, an actor-turned-musician whose seen fame from two ends of the entertainment spectrum, the 30 Seconds to Mars video for "City of Angels" shows us a raw, personal side to some of today's most popular celebrities.

The cast of stars speak candidly to a camera about what the city means to them, what brought them there, and their motivation to make it big.

"My mother crawled out of the muddy banks of the Mississippi with a fistful of food stamps and one hand and two kids in the other on a mission to make a better life for herself and for her kids," said Leto of one of the reasons he was eager to succeed.

He went to L.A. with a backpack and a couple hundred dollars, and the rest is history.

James Franco touched on why he's been to motivated to do well in life.

"Dreams and expectations also have the very dark flip side of disappointment, broken dreams," the "Pineapple Express" actor said. "Who knows what's going to happen after this? I don't know. So if this is the only life, why am I not doing everything that I want to do?"

West said that the city took his mother away (Donda West died in Los Angeles in 2007), but also give him his daughter, North West with fiance Kim Kardashian this summer.

"The city of angels is my paradox, my nightmares and my dreams," West later added.

Does the video make you want to pack up and go? Let us know in the comments.

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