Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Sequel’ Casts Trump as Climate-Change Villain
Posted by hkarner - 31. März 2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Former Vice President Al Gore with Steve Jurvetson.
LAS VEGAS—On the same day Donald Trump signed an order rolling back Obama-era climate-change policies, the president was unveiled as the villain of Al Gore’s new global-warming documentary.
The former vice president and climate-change activist released new footage on Tuesday from the coming sequel to his Oscar-winning 2006 film on global warming.
Mr. Trump played a central role in the trailer for “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” Footage of Mr. Trump making skeptical remarks about climate change at a campaign rally opens the preview, and his pledge to cut federal funding to curb its effects is also featured.
Mr. Gore introduced the footage at CinemaCon, an annual gathering in Las Vegas where major Hollywood studios preview their movies for the coming year to theater owners. Mr. Gore, who walked on stage to Nelly’s 2002 rap hit “Hot in Herre,” didn’t directly discuss Mr. Trump, his new executive order or other aspects of his views on climate change.
“The climate crisis really is not a partisan issue,” said Mr. Gore.
As part of a Paramount Pictures showcase, Mr. Gore’s serious-minded presentation contrasted with much of the evening’s other proceedings, including footage from the “Baywatch” film adaptation and the latest “Transformers” installment. He gave a shout-out to his friend Harry Reid, the retired Democratic senator from Nevada, who was in the audience.
The documentary, set to hit theaters on July 28, includes footage of Mr. Trump citing cold temperatures at a campaign rally as evidence against climate change and pledging to cut environmental funding. An extended clip of the movie shown on Tuesday featured Mr. Gore talking with a Texas mayor, a Republican, who encouraged his town to embrace renewable energy.
Paramount, a unit of Viacom, is planning a substantial marketing campaign for the film. The original “Inconvenient Truth” made $24 million at the box office in the U.S. and Canada and is credited with spreading awareness of climate-change effects. It won the Oscar for best documentary in 2007.
Judging from the trailer shown on Tuesday, its sequel includes behind-the-scenes footage of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference and scenes of Mr. Gore delivering passionate speeches on the subject and updating the first movie’s global-warming examples.
The movie’s slogan: “Fight like your world depends on it.”