Is Leonardo DiCaprio sharpening up his foreign policy skills? Within hours of arriving in Tel Aviv on March 11th, The Departed star met with Israeli Vice Premier and former Prime Minister Shimon Peres to discuss peace and Leo’s upcoming eco-doc, The 11th Hour. From the article,
“An aide to Peres said: ‘The meeting was pleasant and interesting. Shimon told Leo about his Peace Valley project – a joint Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian economic development plan – and Leo spoke about ’11th Hour’ his documentary on the environment.’”According to People Magazine, Peres asked Leo to help promote the stalled Middle East peace process and also to continue to campaign to promote environmental issues globally. Apparently, Leo promised to do both.
Interesting. Some of the stars we profile here on the site seem to have more meetings with foreign diplomats than high-ranking politicians. The star-struck factor probably plays heavily to that advantage, but such interactions highlight the ever-increasing access people in the spotlight have to those who can enact real change. DiCaprio is in a great position to help get his message out about the environment; while also giving serious consideration to helping with issues unrelated, but just as important.
Hit the jump for more; but here’s to hoping more doors open for Leo and his green initiatives.