Leonardo DiCaprio Preps New Environmental Documentary
His award-winning night behind him, though with perhaps another one in line, actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio is well underway on his next important project.
In an interview with Parade Magazine, conducted and published prior to his winning a Golden Globe for acting in The Revenant, DiCaprio spoke of the message of that film and his forthcoming environmental documentary.
“What we’re now doing to the natural world is a thousand times more destructive than it’s ever been before. We’re literally going through an extinction right now,” said DiCaprio. “We’re changing our climates irreparably, and climate change lasts tens of thousands, if not millions, of years. We don’t seem to be learning lessons from the past.”
In The Revenant, DiCaprio portrays a real-life fur trapper named Hugh Glass, whose fight for survival and revenge in the savage 1820s western frontier is chronicled in chilling, mesmerizing fashion. While he plays a man making money by killing animals, the actor contends it’s far too easy for us to hold our nose up to the past instead of ourselves.
“Historically we always look back at cultures that have been self-destructive and we talk about the ignorant way they treated the natural world, and we pass judgment on them.”
The 41-year-old actor wants to not just make movies for the sake of making movies, but instead powerful pieces of cinema that offer escape as well as inspiration, increasing awareness for that which he feels is important.
“The idea of pursuing material objects your whole life is absolutely soulless,” said DiCaprio. “Steve Jobs sat on his deathbed talking about how greed and wealth is the root problem of everything. I believe that too. My career has given me so much from a material standpoint. I feel that I absolutely need to give back in whatever capacity I can. It’s my moral obligation.”
In addition to DiCaprio’s win, The Revenant earned a Golden Globes for its director, Alejandro Iñárritu as well as best drama. Oscar nominations will be announced later this week, but The Revenant is expected to contend once again in those categories.
His next endeavor is a component of his partnership with Netflix, as the two will produce a series of environmental documentaries over the next few years. With the issue of climate change, DiCaprio traveled around the world, from Argentina to the Arctic, from China to India for the project. “It was an eye-opening experience,”said DiCaprio, though not filled with a lot of optimism it seemed. “We’re absolutely digging our own ecological grave.”