(AFP) – If Leonardo DiCaprio has agreed to star in a disaster film for Netflix, it is because the idea of a comet threatening to destroy all forms of life on Earth is in his eyes a perfect analogy of the current climate crisis.
In the satirical comedy “Don’t Look Up: Cosmic Denial”, the star and her partner Jennifer Lawrence play two obscure astronomers who try in vain to alert a divided American public opinion, in a country ruled by an incompetent president played by Meryl Streep.
Back from the COP conference 26 of Glasgow on the climate, Leonardo DiCaprio believes that the film written and directed by Adam McKay succeeds in the tour de force of creating suspense over a crisis that “spans more than a century “.
” As a species, society and culture, how can we politically manage an impending apocalypse? “, asked the actor Thursday night in Los Angeles during the presentation of u film.
“In two hours, the film manages to show the absurdity of our response, as a human species, to this crisis”, he continues.
The film, which also features Ariana Grande, Cate Blanchett, Mark Rylance and Jonah Hill, will be released in the United States on 10 December before being broadcast on the Netflix platform from 24 December.
Adam McKay (“Vice”) has become one of Hollywood’s hottest directors, and some critics predict a bright future for “Don’t Look Up” in the Oscar race.
Leonardo DiCaprio dreams that the film will encourage companies and governments to take “a radical turn” on the climate crisis. But he admits that he is not too optimistic about humanity’s ability to tackle the problem head-on.
“Especially when coming back from Glasgow and after seeing how such commitments can be abandoned by the first crazy government that comes “, he said.
Adopted last Saturday after two weeks of laborious negotiations by the 200 COP country 26, the “Glasgow Pact for the climate” aims to accelerate the fight against global warming, without ensuring that it is kept at 1.5 ° C or responding to requests for aid from poor countries.
“Time is so limited and we must act on such a very large scale. quickly, “notes Leonardo DiCaprio. “And if we don’t do anything, we know how it’s going to end,” he warns.