The Revenant actor Leonardo DiCaprio almost drowned in Galapagos. It was another brush with death. Today, he continues to be in environmental warrior mode, and recently joined ranking government officials at the screening of the documentary Before the Flood at the UN headquarters in New York City.
During the event, the UN Secretary-General lauded Before the Flood Director Fisher Stevens, DiCaprio, and National Geographic for creating the eloquent appeal for climate action. At hand were French Minister of Ecology Sustainable Development and Energy Segolene Royal and US Secretary of State John Kerry.
DiCaprio, 41, has been helping raise awareness, along with committed climate champions from various sectors, about the devastating effects of climate change. He was designated as the United Nations Messenger of Peace, with special focus on climate change, in September 2014. It is an advocacy and challenge that only a handful of celebrated Hollywood icons can take on. Angelina Jolie, of course, has been one of the busy celebrities carrying on as UN Ambassador of Goodwill.
The Academy Award-winning actor ignited much attention for his role as a frontiersman who encounters a brutal bear attack while exploring the wilderness in The Revenant. Reports are rife that Leonardo DiCaprio will temporarily shed his environmental warrior mode and tackle the lead role in The Crowded Room, a film based on the book titled The Minds of Billy Milligan, revolving around a man tormented by 24 personalities.
In the meantime, Hollywood’s “maverick” is deeply involved in philanthropic work and environmental campaigning. The Great Gatsby actor’s brushes with death in real life have been widely talked-about. Recently, he almost drowned while diving with Fisher Stevens, Edward Norton, and American marine biologist Sylvia Earle in the Galapagos.
Prior to that, DiCaprio had a harrowing encounter with a shark while diving in South Africa, after it jumped into his cage and started snapping at arm’s length from him. He had also witnessed the entire wing of an airplane burst into a fireball on a flight to Russia. It appears like Leonardi Caprio, whether filming or going on environmental warrior mode, has realized an advice his father once gave him: to take risks and lead an interesting life.
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