He’s battled grizzly bears and braved the sinking of the Titanic on screen, and now, Leonardo DiCaprio is reportedly going to Mars – but it’s not for a movie role.
On Monday, the Oscar-winning actor and environmentalist revealed he’s signed up for SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk’s experimental mission to Mars.
During the White House’s South By South Lawn (SXSL) Festival, DiCaprio participated in a panel discussion with President Barack Obama and climate specialist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe. The actor allegedly dropped his Mars news after Dr. Hayhoe emphasized the dire need to preserve our planet since moving to Mars like Musk pitched wasn’t a viable option.
“If you’re a human living on this planet—which most of us are, yeah?” she stated, according to Inverse. “As long as we haven’t signed up for the trip to Mars—I don’t want to know if anyone has—I think you’re crazy.”
“I did,” DiCaprio replied.
“I think he’ll acknowledge he’s crazy,” Obama quipped after DiCaprio’s bombshell reveal, which was confirmed by the White House.
Entrepreneur Musk previously announced he intends to launch an unmanned mission to Mars in two-years time and will beat NASA’s goal of sending a crew to the red planet by a decade.