Last year the Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence movie Don’t Look Up held the public conversation for a while after hitting Netflix. The movie was an obvious critique of how media and governments handle the climate crisis, with Dicaprio and Lawrence often getting frustrated at their attempts to be heard about an Earth-destroying comet. Recently, an episode of Good Morning Britain eerily mirrored a scene from the movie. Check out the clip that The Medhi Hasan Show put together and tweeted below to see the shocking similarities:
In the Don’t Look Up clip, you see the astronomers Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) talking to the hosts about an impending comet that is big enough to destroy the planet. The hosts, played by Cate Blanchett and Tyler Perry, downplay the seriousness of the disaster, making light jokes and generally ignoring the claims of the scientists. Diabiasky gets angry with the flippant attitudes of the hosts, in disbelief that they can be so ignorant about the disaster.
In the real clip from Good Morning Britain, the aforementioned scenario happens almost to the letter. Miranda Whelehan of Just Stop Oil was on the show to talk about the world’s dependency on fossil fuels and how the science points to major catastrophes like a crop failure by 2030, poverty due to current prices of oil, and more. She gets emotional as well when the hosts try to derail her by mentioning fossil fuels contribute to the production of her clothing. Just like in the Don’t Look Up, clip the hosts are ignorant of the bigger picture and lighthearted in the interview about a serious discussion. While there’s no Leonardo DiCaprio there, Whelehan certainly takes on the Jennifer Lawrence role of being fed up with people unable to take a crisis seriously.
Don’t Look Up was one of the more divisive blockbusters of last year, as many people thought the message was a bit too on the nose. Director Adam McKay may be feeling some morbid vindication after the release of this clip, as his point is clearly being proven here. Don’t Look Up‘s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence constantly faced roadblocks and red tape when trying to get people to care about an Earth-destroying comet, and McKay’s message is specifically aimed at the way the climate crisis is being handled in a similar way. Though people may have drawn some parallels to the COVID-19 pandemic, the movie was actually written before then.
In this case, the characters that Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence portrayed were fictional, but it seems like the struggles they faced are very real. Multiple scientists have even praised the film for how accurate it is to their experiences talking about their research. Don’t Look Up was even nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture. Though it didn’t take home any wins, it does seem like the film is one of the more relevant movies that has come out in recent years, whether audiences enjoyed the film or not.