Harvey Weinstein, producer of Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight, and Leonardo DiCaprio, who stars in Revenant, are opening up about their personal experiences with the effects of climate change, which they both say they witnessed firsthand while filming their upcoming movies — both of which filmed in cold, snowy locations that were far less so than anticipated.
With world leaders gathering in Paris for the COP21 meetings to discuss climate change, Weinstein says: “I hear some of these candidates say climate change is not real, it’s like, ‘Really? Would you like to be in the movie business? Would you like to go to a place where it’s always snowed and it doesn’t, where all of a sudden in the middle of winter it gets hot?'”
Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight was shot in Telluride, Colorado, a ski resort town that is dependant on heavy snowfall throughout the winter. Last winter, however, filmmakers had to improvise to come up with snow that just wasn’t there.
DiCaprio, who is known for his consistent interest in global warming — even working on a documentary about climate change, spoke at a recent Q&A for Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s film Revenant, revealing the film was forced to put thousands of people on hold because the elements aren’t cooperating.
“We were in Calgary and the locals were saying, ‘This has never happened in our province ever,'” he adds. “We would come and there would be eight feet of snow, and then all of a sudden a warm gust of wind would come.”
“And of course, I’m not talking about climate change in relation to movies and how difficult it’s going to be to make movies,” he further explains. “But it was scary. I’ve never experienced something so firsthand that was so dramatic. You see the fragility of nature and how easily things can be completely transformed with just a few degrees difference. It’s terrifying, and it’s what people are talking about all over the world. And it’s simply just going to get worse.”