Adam McKay had already thanked the teams of “Don’t Look Up” for the great collective effort provided for his last film. He has now proven it with the decisive participation of Leonardo DiCaprio in the rewriting of the script and the editing.
Don’t Look Up : a success and a warning
With his latest film, Adam McKay hit the bullseye with his satirical and apocalyptic comedy Don’t Look Up, which quickly became Netflix’s second biggest hit for a feature film. Thanks be given to its expert staging, an exceptional cast and a writing fine enough to make people laugh as well as to move, and warn about the very serious environmental crisis that threatens humanity. Because the comet of the film which darkens on the ground is an analogy for the climatic disorder. An upheaval caused in large part by human activities, and of which we do not yet take all the urgency into account.
So there is a staggering dimension in Don’t Look Up, a final warning about our blindness, which takes on its full meaning in the final scene where the main protagonists of the film share a last dinner. And it is for this sequence that the actor Leonardo DiCaprio came out of his only role as an interpreter to transform the script and therefore the editing of the film, by improvising a sentence that touches the heart and is remembered: “Thing of it is, we really… We really did have everything, didn’t we?”
In the end, we had… we really had everything, huh?
“We really did have everything, didn’t we?”
It was Adam McKay who told it during an interview given to Insider. This phrase spoken by Dr. Randall Mindy, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, was originally not in the script at all. It was the actor himself who improvised it. He then insisted on including it in the final cut.
Believe it or not, this line of dialogue was not in the script. Leonardo DiCaprio improvised it the day of the shoot… During the editing, it was he who insisted that it be there. This sentence was so powerful. We wanted to find the right balance to conclude the film. You don’t want to traumatize the audience but you still want to touch them. We didn’t have that sentence, and we were getting close to finalizing the edit. We had little time left. Leo was there and he said, “We’re not going to try with that line? It was really strong when we shot it.” I was afraid to use it and we put it on just before a test screening, and it worked. So I thank Leo for forcing my hand. It’s really the sentence of the film… (…) Not only did he find it, but he came to the editing and advised us to try it.
Actor, producer and screenwriter – he is writing documentaries on the environment The Eleventh Hour, the last bend released in 2007 -, Leonardo DiCaprio is therefore also a dialogist apparently very gifted for improvisation, and thus seems to have sublimated the message of Don’t Look Up at the very last moment. Adam McKay clarifies that originally this is Jennifer Lawrence’s line of dialogue, “At least we tried“, which was to synthesize the speech of the film. But Leonardo DiCaprio said “feel that it must be something else“. In the end, the actor’s choice appears deeper and infinitely fairer.