Leonardo DiCaprio is following in the footsteps of stars like Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake—putting his money where his mouth is, so to speak.
On Tuesday, the Oscar-winning actor announced his investment in LoveTheWild, a sustainable food company that sells farm-raised frozen seafood meals.
The move was inspired by his advocacy for environmental causes. “Estimates show the earth’s population approaching nine billion by 2050, putting tremendous pressure on our natural food resources,” DiCaprio said in a statement. “Seafood is a primary source of protein for nearly a billion people–but ?climate change, acidification and over fishing are putting increased pressure on our oceans’ natural stability.”
To avoid contributing to the depletion of wild seafood populations, the company uses only species of fish that are sustainably farmed, like striped bass, barramundi, catfish and trout. “The exploitation of our oceans has left many marine ecosystems on the brink of total collapse, which is hurting our ability to harvest our seas as a reliable food source as we have for thousands of years,” DiCaprio continued, adding that LoveTheWild “is empowering people to take action on this crisis in a very meaningful way.”
The debate over farmed versus wild seafood is a complex one that focuses on both nutritional differences and effects on the environment. While traditional logic used to favor wild-caught, particularly with regard to salmon, many have pointed to the vast improvements in farming standards that have made it a more eco-friendly option.
DiCaprio has long been an warrior for the environment and climate change, meeting with President Obama in 2016 on the issue and saying global warming deniers “do not believe in facts” and “should not be allowed to hold public office.
Leonardo DiCaprio won the coveted best actor award at the Oscars in 2016, and the actor was clearly feeling himself when he returned to the scene of the crime a year later. First of all, he was late; Leo skipped the red carpet and was MIA during most of the show, popping up..
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The new Robin Hood movie, Robin Hood: Origins, started production this week in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik. Local news outlet The Dubrovnik Times has posted a gallery of images from the first day of filming, which was on February 20, showing off star Taron Egeron in costume as Robin Hood. The images also spotlight Eve Hewson as Maid Marion; one of the images shows them kissing.
According to the report, more than one thousand extras are being used to film scenes in the city, which filmmakers have tweaked to look like a scene from the Crusades. Filming will continue in Dubrovnik until March 6. Go here to see more on-set images from Robin Hood: Origins.
— The Dubrovnik Times (@DubrovnikTimes) February 21, 2017
Robin Hood: Origins is directed by Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders) and tells the familiar tale of a group of outlaws fighting corruption after Robin Hood returns from the Crusades. The movie also stars Jamie Foxx (Little John) and Jamie Dornan (Will Scarlett).
Speaking to Collider, producer Basil Iwaynk explained why he thinks Robin Hood: Origins will stand out.
“Exempting the killer cast, I feel that it captures the adventure and the fun and the spirit of Robin Hood, but because it’s the origin story–it’s a kid going off to war thinking he’s going on a great Crusade, and realizing it’s all bullsh** and coming back with some PTSD and realizing he’s been lied to, and coming back to kind of a fractured society that doesn’t really accept him and realizing, ‘Okay, the super rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer.'”
Foxx recently arrived in Croatia for the shoot. He posted a video of the castle he’s staying in while he’s in town–and it looks pretty amazing. Check out the video.
The story of Robin Hood has been told numerous times in film. Most recently, Russell Crowe played the character for 2010’s Ridley Scott-directed Robin Hood. Kevin Costner also played the character, for 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
Leonardo DiCaprio will produce Robin Hood: Origins through his Appian Way banner.