DiCaprio: AAR's Hartmann's Book Inspired New Movie
August 20, 2007 at 11:21 AM (PT)
AIR AMERICA RADIO host THOM HARTMANN is getting some extra exposure from his appearance in LEONARDO DICAPRIO's new environmental documentary "THE 11TH HOUR." The film, which opened this weekend in limited release, was in part inspired by HARTMANN's book "THE LAST HOURS OF ANCIENT SUNLIGHT," DICAPRIO told the host in a guest appearance on the show FRIDAY (8/17).
"You really got me, as a reader, to take a step back and try to understand how this all came about and where oil is extracted from," said the actor. "The light that fell on the fields was the most that humanity could use in a certain amount of time -- and when we actually started taking this ancient sunlight out of the ground was when our population exploded on this mass level ... and has led us to the situation that we’re in today. So thank you for your book, truly. It made me want to take a different perspective on this documentary as far as mankind’s relationship to the planet, and the resources that we use."
HARTMANN made appearances in LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK for the opening weekend; he plans more appearances to promote the film in SAN FRANCISCO this week.