American film director, screenwriter and film producer, Darren Aronofsky appears to be making a career out of promoting environmental awareness, and compassion towards animals. Also, he seems to be taking these issues, and implementing them into his personal life.
Recently on Twitter, Aronofsky tweeted:
madrid veggies: pic.twitter.com/OPEkO7Xkyq
— darren aronofsky (@DarrenAronofsky) March 16, 2014
His latest tweet leads to us to ask: Is Aronofsky a vegetarian just like the protagonist in his new film “Noah”?
In the film, Aronofsky promotes the necessity of caring for the planet, and all the creatures that inhabit it by portraying Noah as an environmentalist and an animal rights activist. Noah and his family are recluses who prefer to live off the land, rather than be surrounded by crowds. Similar to modern day environmental scientists, Noah explains that his family “studies the world.” He says, that they are “healing it as best we can.” Also, Noah maintains an animal hospital, where he nurses back to health wounded animals who have been attacked by “evil” poachers.
In keeping with Noah’s compassion for all creatures, the film’s producer teamed up with Light & Magic (ILM), and filled the ark with digitally created images of animals, rather than exploiting live ones. “We basically went through the animal kingdom and pinpointed the body types we wanted: some pachyderms. some rodents, reptiles, and the bird kingdom. We chose the species and they were brought to life with different furs and colours. We didn’t want anything fully recognizable but not completely absurd either,” explained Aronofsky.
The director is also known for banning plastic disposable water bottles on his sets to keep things extra green.
In his spare time, when he is not busy directing films, Aronofsky also advocates against the exploitation of animals by writing letters. When the Ringling and Barnum and Bailey Circus were about to park themselves on Coney Island, Aronofsky penned a powerful letter to Taconic Investments, the company donating land for the circus, to reconsider their offer. Aronosky wanted Taconic to send the circus packing. At the very least, he wanted to “impose restrictions that could reduce the suffering of elephants and other animals used by Ringling,” said the American animal rights organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Aronofsky ends his film Noah, with the wise man’s daughter-in-law proclaiming that the next generation need to be taught “about the world around them and how to live in it.” She says to Noah that “[m]aybe if you give them your wisdom they will do better with their world than we did with ours.”
He may not be a great prophet like Noah, and the verdict is still out as to whether he is a vegetarian, but one thing is for sure: Aronofsky is an excellent screenwriter, and director, because he opens the eyes of the viewers to the devastation and harm that is being to this planet, and its creatures.
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons: “Noah’s Ark” courtesy of Edward Hicks (1780-1849)