Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is throwing his financial support behind developers of an eco-friendly apartment complex in New York by becoming an investor. The Great Gatsby star has been searching for a home in the city for several months and recently purchased a multi-million dollar apartment in the Delos Living complex.
Dicaprio tells the New York Post, "Delos creates innovative building designs that both enhance human health and improve the environment."
The environmental activist will also join health guru Deepak Chopra on the board of advisers and Paul and Peter Delos have committed to building 40 homes in Haiti through former U.S. President Bill Clinton's foundation for every unit they sell.
Actor Jesse Eisenberg shunned his luxury lifestyle for several months to work on an organic farm and live in a yurt to prepare for his role in new environmental drama Night Moves. The Social Network star reveals he went back to basics to get into the mindset of his cold-blooded eco-activist character, who plots with co-stars Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard to blow up an Oregon dam as part of a protest against the deterioration of the land.
Speaking at the Venice Film Festival in Italy, he told reporters, "It just gives you a different sense of living. When you are planting the food that you eat, you feel a direct sense with interacting with the world for practical reasons, and alternatively you are feeling disgusted by a lot of modernity just by being separate from it. That is what my character believes in.
"My character thinks of himself as a soldier in a war fighting what he views as modern society that's been co-opted by business and technology.
"I suppose there is a kind of irony if he is fighting to create a more beautiful, peaceful and sustainable environment, but doing it through kind of dangerous means. He views his acts as right and just, and he views the damage as collateral damage."
Smart and the Pretty Woman star, along with her husband Danny Moder, were feted by fellow eco activists, including actors Peter Fonda and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, at Heal the Bay's annual Bring Back the Beach gala on Friday (18May12).
Together the crowd raised funds to help promote awareness about protecting the marine animals of Santa Monica Bay home, and The Butterfly Effect beauty Smart was thrilled to be recognised for her years of hard work.
She tells local publication Los Angeles Confidential, "I'm extremely grateful and honoured. I highly respect and love Heal the Bay; their work is so effective, far-reaching, and impactful on the ocean. Growing up in Topanga Canyon (in California), being in the mountains and surrounded by nature inspired me.
"My parents always loved nature, and that inspired my brother and me. Growing up I was always aware of the environment (through) beach clean-ups, hikes, and bike rides in the canyon. Right out of high school I wanted to get involved and saw Heal the Bay posters around. That was my first venture into environmental work when I was 18."