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Doyle Brunson, Leonardo DiCaprio team up for film
The Texas Dolly is known for being at the forefront of the poker scene, but environmentalism? Not so much.
That all changes now with the launch of the global warming documentary The 11th Hour, a film funded in part by pro poker player Doyle Brunson and Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
Released by Warner Bros. and slated for worldwide distribution, the documentary aims to educate the public about the world's current environmental crisis. In the film, narrator DiCaprio gives audiences a bleak look at the consequences of global warming, which is supported by testimonials from experts such as physicist Stephen Hawking and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai.
The film's point of view isn't pretty: If we don't change our ways soon, say environmentalists, the earth is in trouble.
"We don't know how things are in your life, but no matter what's going on, this planet has got us beat," said Brunson in a release Friday.
"We've made it sick and it, in turn, is sick and tired of us. We have the floods, fires, droughts, heat waves, melting ice caps, and endangered or extinct species to prove it."
Brunson is one of five executive producers given credit on the film.
The 11th Hour is directed by Nadia Conners and Leila Conners Petersen and includes footage from several natural disasters.
"If sentiment is what the Oscar-winning film An Inconvenient Truth relied on to get the message out, Nadia and Leila Conners Petersen give the cold hard reality of the situation and don't care whether or not the truth is disturbing," promises the Doyle Brunson Poker Network in a release.
The August premiere of the documentary drew celebrities such as amateur poker player and actor Tobey Maguire, actress Kate Bosworth and Entourage star Adrian Grenier. Since Brunson's involvement in the project, DiCaprio has been photographed sporting a DoylesRoom.com baseball cap out in public.
DiCaprio has long been noted for championing environmental causes.
"Global warming is not only the number one environmental challenge we face today, but one of the most important issues facing all of humanity," he said in an early release about the film. "We all have to do our part to raise awareness about global warming and the problems we as a people face in promoting a sustainable environmental future for our planet."