In the Netflix movie “Don’t Look Up”, Leonardo DiCaprio plays a scientist who tries to alert humanity that a comet is about to strike Earth. But did you know he was inspired by a very real character?
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Released on Netflix on December 24th, Don’t Look Up: Cosmic Denial is successful phenomenal. Indeed, the film directed by Adam McKay became the biggest original success of the platform behind Red Notice and Bird Box. It must be said that Netflix had put the package level casting with in particular Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and Cate Blanchett. A real Oscar red carpet!
In the film, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence camp two scientists. The latter who try by all means to alert humanity that a comet is about to destroy the Earth. This story, both funny and disturbing, serves as an alarm climate crisis that we are going through now. A message heard by many spectators, as wanted Leonardo DiCaprio, very invested in the ecological cause.
Which scientist inspired Randall Mindy’s character?
It was the famous American climatologist and geophysicist Michael E. Mann who inspired the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio. He notably contributed to the scientific understanding of climate change as a function of the evolution of temperature over the last millennium. In 2019, he received the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for the environment. He knows Leonardo DiCaprio well, whom he has met on several occasions.
Recently interviewed by the newspaper The world, Michael E. Mann described Don’t Look Up as “a serious socio-political commentary, which presents itself as a comedy”:
It deals with how overwhelming evidence of a scientific threat is ignored for political and ideological reasons. It discusses how powerful, profit-driven lobbies block action when it does not suit their interests. And promote so-called bogus solutions that they can personally benefit from.
Facing the message rather pessimistic from Adam McKay’s film, Michael E. Mann believes it’s not too late to do it right:
It is not too late to avoid the worst consequences of climate change and the catastrophic words have, ironically, been instrumentalized by the forces of inaction. The belief that it is too late to act potentially leads us down the same path of inaction and disengagement as outright denial.