Adam McKay: “By making people laugh at the end of the world, Don’t Look Up can raise awareness”

INTERVIEW – After the subprime crisis and bureaucratic hell, the director and maestro of satire tackles global warming and brings together on Netflix Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence.

Netflix has a sense of counter-programming. For Christmas, the platform offered its subscribers a parable depicting the end of the world, Don’t Look Up: Cosmic Denial. Signed by the Oscar-winning American director for The Heist of the Century Adam McKay, this dark comedy features an incredulous and carefree humanity in the face of the discovery by two unphotogenic astronomers of a killer asteroid ready to smash the earth. In general indifference then panic, the star continues its course towards the blue planet.

This funny and unsettling tale – in which Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence and Timothée Chalamet ring the alarm bell – has since being posted online found as many defenders as passionate detractors. Just like the great cause that inspired him: that of global warming. Meeting with its 53-year-old conductor, Adam McKay, maestro of satire and mix of genres.

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