Fisher Stevens (‘Before the Flood’ director) chats climate change documentary and working with Leonardo DiCaprio [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

When asked for his reaction to President Donald Trump‘s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, an agreement by the United Nations to help combat climate change, “Before the Flood” director Fisher Stevens called the move, “incredibly sad, depressing, but not unexpected.” During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), he does admit, “I have some hope” given the initiative by several U.S. mayors and governors to, “abide by the Paris climate rules.” This National Geographic release takes a startling look at how climate change is affecting our world, and what we can do to stop it. The doc was produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, who also stars in and narrates the film.

Having just produced the documentary “Racing Extinction” (2015), Stevens divulges, “the last thing I wanted to do was just go right back into another climate change film.” He was won over by DiCaprio’s passion for the project, however, as well as his agreeing to headline in it. “He had a huge audience, and I thought, OK, ‘Racing Extinction’ has a huge audience, let’s even try to get bigger, and make a different film, one that’s following one person the whole way through.” DiCaprio “agreed to examine climate change for everybody, not just for people who have already been converted, but to try and make a film for the populists and for people who never ordinarily think about it, even people that go see his movies but don’t even know that climate change exists.”

Stevens has produced several high-profile environmental films, winning an Oscar for “The Cove” (2009), which uncovered shocking instances of animal abuse against dolphins near Taijii, Japan. He is best known as an actor, with credits including “The Flamingo Kid,” “Short Circuit,” “Reversal of Fortune,” “Bob Roberts,” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” as well as the TV shows “Lost,” “Damages,” and “The Night Of.” As a director, he has made both fiction and non-fiction films, including “Stand Up Guys” and “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.”

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