Jennifer Lawrence says it’s ‘sad’ and ‘frustrating’ that scientists face harsh criticism

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and climate crisis, Adam McKay do not search (on Netflix December 24) It has a star-studded cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Tyler Perry, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, and Timothée Chalamet, fighting for the respect that the scientific community deserves in a time of misinformation.

“It’s so sad and frustrating to watch people who have dedicated their lives to learning the truth get turned away because people don’t like what the truth says,” Lawrence told reporters before the film’s release.

Don’t Look Up (left to right) Jennifer Lawrence as Kate DiBiaski, Leonardo DiCaprio as Dr. Randall Mindy. (NIKO TAVERNISE / NETFLIX)

do not search Ultimately, it is a comic that explores why we are unable to understand and take action when presenting a scientifically proven problem.

At the beginning of the film, astronomy graduate student Kate Dipasky (Jennifer Lawrence) discovers a massive comet, under the supervision of her professor, Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio). While there is enthusiasm about the discovery, it turns out that it is on a direct path to collision with Earth, which could kill the planet in six months.

With the help of Dr. Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan), Kate and Randall alert Chief Orlean (Meryl Streep) and her son/Chief of Staff Jason (Jonah Hill) about the comet, but they meet with a “wait and see” approach, and Chief Orlean is too preoccupied with her own scandal.

Look no further, Meryl Streep as Janie Orlean's boss.  (Nico Tavernes/Netflix)

Look no further, Meryl Streep as Janie Orlean’s boss. (Nico Tavernes/Netflix)

This leads them to go on the morning show, “The Daily Rip” hosted by Brie (Cate Blanchett) and Jack (Tyler Perry), to share information but nonetheless, no one seems to understand the gravity of the situation, which leads to plot theorists calling this comet Hoax slogan “Don’t look”.

“I was just grateful to play a character based solely on the many people I’ve met from the scientific community, especially climate scientists, who have been trying to communicate the urgency of this issue and the feeling,” DiCaprio said.

“I also love the way he was incredibly honest about how we are so distracted by reality in the present moment, and then, of course, COVID happened and there was a whole new scientific argument going on there, and it’s just an important movie to be a part of at this particular time. “.

Don't Look (left to right) Cate Blanchett as Brie Evante, Tyler Perry as Jack Bremmer, Leonardo DiCaprio as Dr.  RANDALL MINDY, JENNIFER LAWRENCE as Kate DiBiaski (NIKO TAVERNISE/NETFLIX)

Don’t Look For (from left to right) Cate Blanchett as Brie Evante, Tyler Perry as Jack Bremmer, Leonardo DiCaprio as Dr. RANDALL MINDY, JENNIFER LAWRENCE as Kate DiBiaski (NIKO TAVERNISE/NETFLIX)

“You can feel the urgency… while also having a sense of humor”

In terms of relying on comedy in this movie, Mackay realized that looking at something like space or the climate crisis, could be “overwhelming” so he leaned toward the humor.

“The climate crisis, which is so overwhelming and arguably the greatest threat to life in human history, we felt this could be like an animal attacking you,” he said.

“If you are able to laugh it means you have some distance and I think that is really important. You can feel the urgency and you can feel sad and you can feel the loss, while also having a sense of humor.”

There is one scene in particular in which Randall makes a fiery urgent plea for the audience to understand the gravity of this comet’s approach to Earth, something DiCaprio worked on with Dr. Amy Mainzer, astronomer and staff and crew advisor. Mainzer also said that watching this particular scene was “healing”.

“We’ve worked on this speech probably 50 times together and what I really wanted to do was try to express the frustration of the scientific community, … sit there on a pulpit speaking the truth,” DiCaprio said.

“We’ve worked a lot together to try to understand the frustration of the scientific community and how one would be in a situation like this, from the ultimate frustration, the realization that the world is falling apart, and how you can take off that kind of professional jacket go straight to chasing the truth of this issue.”

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