The oil spill: Hollywood weighs in
Members of a House committee are lobbing tough questions today at BP CEO Tony Hayward. (Am I the only one, by the way, who totally thinks that guy should be played by Michael Sheen in the inevitable HBO movie about this disaster?)
But representatives in Congress aren't the only high-profile people with something to say about the massive oil spill and its impact on the Gulf Coast. Members of the Hollywood community have been jumping into the fray with increasing frequency as the leak that can't be plugged continues to spew more black goop.
Kevin Costner has already sold some of his oil-separating machines to BP with the hope that they can help clean-up some of the mess. James Cameron also convened a brainstorming session here in D.C. earlier this month, drawing on his years of expertise with underwater technology in the hope of finding a solution to the crisis. (So did anybody suggest that the best way to staunch this thing is to plug the leak with all those unnecessary "Avatar" DVDs, the ones that came with no extras? No? Didn't come up?)
More famous names with something to say on the matter:
During an appearance earlier this week on "The Late Show With David Letterman," Helen Mirren confessed to her embarrassment over BP's handling of the matter, noting that the company's initials stand for: "bloody p---poor." Strong language from an actual Dame.
"Lost" showrunner Damon Lindelof ceased his self-imposed post-finale radio silence long enough to write a Hollywood-action-style solution to the oil spill on Esquire's Web site. His proposal can be summed up with the term: "reverse-Armageddon." (Warning: Lindelof's piece contains some strong language, for those of you who are sensitive about the curse words.) Stephen King must have been on the same wavelength; his column in the most recent edition of Entertainment Weekly (unfortunately King's column wasn't posted online) notes the parallels between the plot of "Armageddon" and what's happening in the Gulf. Apparently Bruce Willis is the key to this whole mess.
Meanwhile, "Vampire Diaries" star, "Lost" alum and Louisiana native Ian Somerhalder has headed down to the Gulf to assist with relief efforts. According to E!'s Kristin dos Santos, he's a little disappointed that more people in Hollywood aren't actively trying to help: "Coming from the entertainment world, I'm really shaken by how quiet Hollywood is ... And I say that out of respect for my peers and colleagues, but I'm really bummed that no one is really coming up to help the situation. I think a telethon is a good way to funnel money into these channels ... We need to set one of those things up to really paint a picture of exactly how much devastation is here." He speaks in more detail in this video:
Do you agree with Somerhalder, that more people -- including celebs -- need to step up and get involved? Or should the stars mind their own movie business and leave the oil-spill solutions to the (cough) experts?
| June 17, 2010; 11:34 AM ET
Categories: Celebrities | Tags: Celebrities, Celebrity Causes
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