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Leonardo DiCaprio And Jennifer Lawrence Open Up About Dark Don't Look Up Ending

Leonardo DiCaprio And Jennifer Lawrence Open Up About Dark Don't Look Up Ending

DiCaprio says the final scene was what got him fired up about the project



WARNING: Spoilers for Don't Look Up (obviously)

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence have opened up about Don't Look Up's downbeat ending, which Leo said was what got him fired about the project.

The two-and-a-half-hour apocalyptic film tells the story of two scientists, played by the duo, trying to warn the world about a humanity-destroying comet.

But they fail to achieve their goal when missions to destroy the comet fall short and only a few rich people survive by flying off in a spaceship to another inhabitable planet.


Leo told the Los Angeles Times: "The end of this movie gets really dark, and had it not had that tonal shift, I don't think we would have been as excited as we were to do it.

"You can never tell what a movie is going to do culturally, but the end of this film is really a smack in the face."

On a metaphorical level, the film criticises those in power for failing to combat climate change.

Lawrence said: "I'm sure I can say this on behalf of pretty much everybody: It's extremely frustrating to be a citizen that believes in climate change and is scared, but I'm not a part of it - you know, I can't buy a senator - so we're just kind of helpless.

"And finally, this [project] came along and it was just funny and urgent."


It was the film's final scene that attracted Oscar-winning Leo to act in the film.

The scene depicts Leo and Jennifer's characters Dr Randall Mindy and Kate Dibiasky eating dinner with their closest friends and family moments before the comet hits Earth.

Leo said: "That's what I loved about the ending, because I felt like that's ultimately how I would respond.

"We're a communal species, and I would want to be around people I love and ignore the impending Armageddon.

"That dinner table scene is really what clinched it for me."


While Randall and Kate treasure their final moments, a group of the world's richest rocket off to the closest Earth-like planet for an unknown future.

The film has an incredible supporting cast including Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Timothée Chalamet.

Another Oscar-winner Mark Rylance also makes an appearance as fictional tech mogul Peter Isherwell, the world's third-richest man.

You can stream Don't Look Up on Netflix now.

Words: Charlie Metcalfe

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, Jennifer Lawrence, Netflix, Leonardo DiCaprio