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Leonardo DiCaprio on playing astronomer in Don’t Look Up

Leonardo DiCaprio makes his OTT debut with 'Don’t Look Up' where he plays Dr. Randall Mindy, a charming astronomer trying to save earth.

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Hollywood’s finest actor Leonardo Di Caprio makes his OTT debut on Netflix with the highly anticipated film Don’t Look Up where he plays Dr. Randall Mindy, a charming astronomer trying to save earth.

Talking about the movie, Leonardo said, “I’ve often in my career looked for a film that had an environmental undertone to it and what Adam did was so brilliant, using the analogy of a giant comet heading towards Earth and showing how the human race would react to it from a political and scientific level, which I had never seen before. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity in a lot of ways. I’m a huge fan of a lot of these films that came from the ‘60s and ‘70s – Parallax View, Three Days of the Condor, certainly Network and, of course, Dr. Strangelove, which talked about the Cold War through dark comedy.”

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DiCaprio and Lawrence both consulted Dr. Amy Mainzer, an astronomer and climate change scientist who served as an advisor to the cast and crew remotely. DiCaprio credits Dr. Mainzer with helping him for his role. He said, “I must’ve had 100 conversations with her. I’ve spoken to many climate scientists, but our discussions were taken from the viewpoint of an astronomer. It was amazing to see the parallels in their thinking.”

Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence), an astronomy grad student, and her professor Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) make an astounding discovery of a comet orbiting within the solar system. The problem — it’s on a direct collision course with Earth. The other problem? No one really seems to care. Turns out warning mankind about a planet-killer the size of Mount Everest is an inconvenient fact to navigate.

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With the help of Dr. Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan), Kate and Randall embark on a media tour that takes them from the office of an indifferent President Orlean (Meryl Streep) and her sycophantic son and Chief of Staff, Jason (Jonah Hill), to the airwaves of The Daily Rip, an upbeat morning show hosted by Brie (Cate Blanchett) and Jack (Tyler Perry). With only six months until the comet makes impact, managing the 24-hour news cycle and gaining the attention of the social media obsessed public before it’s too late proves shockingly comical — what will it take to get the world to just look up?!

Watch Don’t Look Up, releasing on 24th December, only on Netflix.

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