LOS ANGELES -Agence France-Presse
The dark satire “Don’t Look Up” stars DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as astronomers whose warnings about imminent catastrophe fall on deaf ears in a starkly partisan and divided United States led by an incompetent president – played by Meryl Streep.
Fresh from attending UNCOP26 climate change summit in Glasgow, DiCaprio said Adam McKay’s script solved the “next to impossible” problem of making a suspenseful film about a crisis that “evolves over a century.”
“How can we, as a species, a society, and a culture, deal with imminent Armageddon?” DiCaprio spoke to a preview screening audience in Los Angeles on Thursday.
He said, “He had cracked a code, so to say, on how to bring all of the insanity we as the human species are responding to the crisis, in a 2-hour format.”
The film stars Ariana Grande and Cate Blanchett as well as Mark Rylance, Jonah Hill, and will be in theaters December 10.
McKay, whose wide-ranging career spans cult comedies “Anchorman” and “Step Brothers” and satirical works “The Big Short” and “Vice”, has become one of Hollywood’s most in-demand directors.
Reviews for “Don’t Look Up” are under embargo, but initial reaction Thursday was effusive, with Variety’s Clayton Davis predicting it will make “a seismic impact (pun intended)” on the Oscars race.
DiCaprio stated that he hoped that the film would “start creating different conversations, and more people discussing it will push both the private sector as well as the powers-that-be to make huge changes.”
But he admitted he had “not much” optimism about humanity’s ability to resolve the climate crisis.
He warned, “Especially after coming home from Glasgow and seeing these obligations that can be modified by the next wacky government that might come in.”
Nearly 200 countries came together to form a global climate deal after two weeks worth of difficult negotiations. However, they failed to reach the science-based level of mitigation needed to stop dangerous temperature rises.
The planet has “such a limited amount of time and there’s such a massive scale that needs to happen so quickly,” said DiCaprio.
“And if we don’t do something, we know the outcome. We know the outcome.