Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal's upcoming movie The Day After Tomorrow
has become the unlikely inspiration for a heated political debate in
Environmentalists have embraced the film as a warning about the perils of
greenhouse gas emissions and President George W Bush's administration is trying
its best to avoid a backlash on its ecological policies.
A rally featuring former Vice-President and environmental advocate Al Gore
will be held close to the movie's 24 May (04) premiere in New York and hosted
Producer MARK GORDON says, "If they want to use our picture to make people
aware of their concerns about the environment, it's not anything I have control
"My biggest issue is that the movie opens to the biggest number we can.
The fact that there is enthusiasm, controversy and discussion is only good for
The movie follows the onset of a new Ice Age just three days after the
polar ice caps melt.
Gore says, "The Day After Tomorrow presents us with a great opportunity to
talk about the scientific realities of climate change. Millions of people will
be coming out of theatres on Memorial Day weekend asking the question, 'Could
happen? I think we need to answer that question."
The NEW YORK TIMES also recently reported that NASA ordered its scientists
last month (MAR04) not to speak about the movie because of fears it could
politically injure Bush. The space agency has since relaxed the ban.
Moveon.org will be urging film fans to go to a website for information and
to email Bush and CONGRESS in support of legislation that would reduce
emissions of greenhouse gases.