Leonardo DiCaprio was in Beijing this weekend, doing his thing, promoting his new movie, being charming and talking climate change.
The actor’s new film The Revenant finally opened in China on Friday, it in its first three days it raked in more than 100,000 million RMB ($30 million).
Last month, Leo famously won his first-ever Oscar for his role in the film, much to the delight of every human being on the face of planet Earth. In return, he used his acceptance speech to make an impassioned plea to protect the environment from the greedy — like those with private jets.
At an event in Beijing, Leo smiled charmingly, wrote his adorable name in Chinese (小李) and talked about how he believed that China could become “the hero of the environmentalist movement.”
In a press conference, Leo praised all the work that China has done to combat climate change, including its shift toward renewable forms of energy, though it remains the world’s largest coal user, via SCMP:
As we all know, the United States and China are the two biggest contributors, and I think that China has made radical movements forward as far as alternative energy and ways to be sustainable.
I really think that China can be the hero of the environmental movement, they can be the hero of the climate change movement. They have an opportunity to change the world and I have all the confidence in the world that that is their intention.
DiCaprio seems to share the view of China’s environmental minister Chen Jining, who said last month that China’s environmental clean-up could soon serve as a model for the West.
Leo is already a permanent fixture in Beijing thanks to his wax statue at Madame Tussauds. He is also one of China’s favorite actors, owing to his role in the worldwide blockbuster Titanic. However, many of his other films haven’t made it to Chinese cinemas.
Many also believed that The Revenant wouldn’t make the cut to be one of the elite 35 foreign films allowed in Chinese theaters this year. But — somehow — Leo seems to charmed his way in this time. Surprisingly, it also made it to Chinese screens with less than two minutes of the original film cut out by Chinese censors, Variety reports.
No report as to why Leo didn’t decide to go jogging with Mark Zuckerberg while he was in Beijing.
[Images via Xinhua]