Actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s new global warming film is set to debut in several swing states before the election, but not before its director went on an unhinged rant against Republicans in a recent interview.
Fisher Stevens, the director of DiCaprio’s film “Before the Flood,” told Politico’s Morning Energy they plan screenings in Florida Tuesday, followed by showings in swing states, like Colorado, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Stevens said in Florida they’d “highlight that Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Rick Scott are both climate skeptics, despite the state being on the frontlines of climate change,” reports Politico. Stevens thinks DiCaprio’s voice on global warming can move Americans to action.
“I’m not going to be so bold as to say we can do much – we’re just a little documentary – but [DiCaprio] has a big voice,” Stevens said of the film, which is set to premier on National Geographic channel at the end of October.
Stevens took aim at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who he sees as the biggest threat to civilization.
“If he wins, it’s not just climate change that I’m so terrified of, it’s the entire world civilization as we know it,” Stevens said. “I’m scared for world order. Period.”
Stevens credited Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton with “definitely taking it seriously” and noted DiCaprio has spoken to her several times about global warming.
Stevens also went on an unhinged rant against Republican lawmakers he saw as jeopardizing the future of the planet.
“He, personally, is responsible for putting his grandchildren’s futures in jeopardy,” Stevens said of Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
“I don’t know if we can ever change James Inhofe and make him understand, and that’s sad because it’s amazing his position of power,” Stevens said before shifting his attack to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Stevens said McConnell “probably believes in” global warming, but pretending not to because “politically it’s not convenient for him to believe in it.”
“Before the Flood” debuted at the White House Monday night, and DiCaprio even appeared with President Barack Obama to talk global warming.
DiCaprio said anyone who doesn’t believe in global warming is not fit to hold office — an attack on Trump.
“The scientific consensus is in and the argument is now over,” DiCaprio said during the South by South Lawn event at the White House.
“If you do not believe in climate change, you do not believe in facts, or in science or empirical truths and therefore, in my humble opinion, should not be allowed to hold public office,” he said.
The irony is that DiCaprio has come under fire for taking private jets around the world and renting out superyachts for lavish parties — that’s a big carbon footprint for a climate crusader.
Hacked Sony emails showed DiCaprio used private jets to fly between New York to Los Angeles six times in six weeks during 2015.
The Academy Award winning actor even flew 8,000 miles to receive an environmental reward — enough carbon dioxide was burnt to power 20 U.S. homes for a year.
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