Don’t Look Up is a new Netflix satire that tells the story of two low-level astronomers, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy our planet.
During this global press conference to discuss the film, DiCaprio, Lawrence and McKay talked about the public perception of science and scientists, tackling such serious issues with humor, making the movie at the height of COVID
Adam created this film, which was about the climate crisis, but he created a sense of urgency with it by making it about a comet that’s gonna hit Earth within six months’ time.
“Hypothetically if there were a comet or asteroid heading our way, what would be your most immediate action? What would you do if it were the last day on Earth?”
From writer/director Adam McKay, the political satire Don’t Look Up follows Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence), an astronomy grad student, and her professor Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio), who discover a comet that they realize is definitely going to hit Earth and result in catastrophic, world-ending damage. But having that information and actually getting anyone to care, including the President of the United States (Meryl Streep), are two very different things, as everyone continues to go about their social media obsessed lives and ignores the fact that the world will be ending and there’s nothing they can do to stop it.
During this global press conference to discuss the film, DiCaprio, Lawrence and McKay talked about the public perception of science and scientists, tackling such serious issues with humor, making the movie at the height of COVID, finding a way to be creative at a really challenging time, learning Wu-Tang Clan lyrics, and how sometimes we have to just be able to say things to each other, without filtering them through social media or the 24-hour news cycle.