Leonardo DiCaprio has always been concerned about the condition of our fragile planet and now, he's set his sights on another one.
The Oscar-winner, and all-round wonderful person, was recently a special guest at the South by South Lawn event in Washington D.C. run by President Barack Obama. There to discuss climate change, the actor and passionate conservationist appeared alongside scientist Katharine Hayhoe and revealed a snippet of information that made all our jaws drop.
It all happened when Hayhoe made the following remark regarding the upcoming SpaceX mission to Mars, which she considers to be absolutely nuts:
"If you’re a human living on this planet—which most of us are, yeah. As long as we haven’t signed up for the trip to Mars. I don’t want to know if anyone has – I think you’re crazy."
Leo then jokingly told her and Barack Obama:
The President then added:
"I think he'll acknowledge he's crazy."
Here's the baffling moment:
Yes, that's right, Leo may have just confirmed that he's paid up to go to the red planet. And, although the actor diving headfirst into unmarked territories (a common occurrence in his recent films) is an exciting thing, and we kind of wish we were actually Mars to accept this DiCaprio-shaped gift ourselves, his revelation is also downright tragic.
After all, news of Elon Musk's SpaceX voyage has been causing quite a stir in recent weeks. In particular, the scientist has warned that those who want to be among the first to head over to the red planet should be prepared to never return. As such, when asked whether he plans to be the first man to step on one-way adventure to Mars, Musk said this:
“The probability of death is quite high on the first mission, and I’d like to see my kids grow up."
Although the groundbreaking SpaceX mission will be a colossal feat in terms of science, we really hope Leo isn't serious about going. Ultimately, DiCaprio's participation would be a catastrophe for humanity's general quality of life on Earth — quite frankly, watching his descent into the dark depths of the Atlantic Ocean in Titanic was traumatic enough.
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Far more importantly though, Leo is very much needed to keep pushing for environmental change on our very own, vulnerable planet. Here's a trailer of his most recent documentary called Before the Flood: