HOLLYWOOD star Leonardo DiCaprio has praised the director of Don’t Look Up for “cracking the code with the narrative”.
Written and directed by The Big Short’s Adam McKay, the film offers a satirical look at the Climate ChangeMisinformation and crisis.
Jennifer Lawrence and DiCaprio are the astronomers in this movie, whose warnings about a comingt heading directly towards Earth are not taken serious.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the film’s release, DiCaprio said: “I’ve been looking for a movie that was about this subject for decades now. This is a topic that everyone feels strongly about. What kind of difference can you make?
“What can we contribute to this cause? Adam really cracked this code with this narrative.
“There’s so many comparisons that we can make to the climate crisis with this storyline. As a whole, I think it’s probably the most important issue all of us could be talking about on a regular basis.
“It takes artists like this to change the narrative, to create conversation, and it’s just an honour to be a part of it.”
47-year old DiCaprio is a passionate climate activist and has previously worked in documentaries on animal poaching, the environment, and other topics.
Leonardo DiCaprio At COP26 Glasgow
He was appointed a United Nations representative for climate change in 2014. In November 2014, he attended Cop26 to meet fellow environmental campaigners, the Prince of Wales (and Stella McCartney).
The actor, who plays Dr Randall Mindy in Don’t Look Up, said he hopes the Netflix film helps scientists be heard.
He said: “Adam created this film, which was about the climate crisis, but he created a sense of urgency with it by making it about a comet that’s gonna hit Earth within six months’ time and how science has become politicised.
“I was just thankful to play a character who is solely based on so many of the people that I’ve met from the scientific community and, in particular, climate scientists who’ve been trying to communicate the urgency of this issue and feeling like they’re subjected to the last page on the newspaper.
“I love the way he portrayed these two different characters. One that is incredibly outspoken, like a Greta Thunberg type of character in Jen’s (Lawrence’s), and mine that is trying to play within the system.
“But I also love the way he was just incredibly truthful about how we’re so immensely distracted from the truth nowadays. Then, Covid came along and there was a whole other scientific argument.
“It’s just such an important film to be a part of at this particular time.”
Lawrence, who plays astronomy student Kate Dibiasky, said: “I think Leo said it perfectly. It’s just so sad and frustrating to watch people who have dedicated their lives to learning the truth be turned away because people don’t like what the truth has to say.”
The film marks DiCaprio’s first screen appearance since Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood in 2019, while Lawrence has not starred in a movie since the X-Men instalment Dark Phoenix the same year.
The star-studded cast of Don’t Look Up also includes Meryl Streep, Timothee Chalamet, Cate Blanchett, Tyler Perry, Sir Mark Rylance, Ron Perlman, Himesh Patel, Melanie Lynskey and singer Ariana Grande.
It was released in cinemas December 10, but it began streaming on Netflix December 24, 2018.