Leonardo DiCaprio presented Mark Ruffalo with the Artists Inspiration Award at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Patron of the Artists Awards on November 07, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.
Leonardo honored Mark by describing him as one of the best people. The two met close to a decade ago, DiCaprio explained, while filming Shutter Island. “ During the course of shooting, we got to speak about his genuine passion for activism, and since then I’ve watched as Mark has become a leading voice in the effort to shift our world away from a reliance on fossil fuels and an outspoken advocate for human rights,” he said, singling out his profound impact with the Solutions Project and mentioning his advocacy on behalf of voter registration efforts, LGBTQ rights, women’s reproductive freedom, the march against white supremacy.
He mentioned how Ruffalo channels activism into his work, like he’s doing with his upcoming Dark Waters on Nov. 22. “With all of these causes that Mark fights for, he chooses to inspire hope for the future, not fear for the present.”
“ Many aspire to make the world a better place but Mark doesn’t just aspire. He works tirelessly for change.” Leonardo DiCaprio said in presenting the award to his “good friend” and fellow environmental activist Mark Ruffalo.