Mark Ruffalo on ‘Dark Waters,’ Corporate Cover-Ups, and More | NowThis

Mark Ruffalo on ‘Dark Waters,’ Corporate Cover-Ups, and More | NowThis


So, what I loved, I read
in the production notes, Todd Haynes describes this
movie as a gift from you. – Wow. – Isn’t that nice to hear? – That’s so beautiful. – So what has been the most
rewarding part of being able to tell this story on a big screen? – The story is just so outrageous. When I read it, my mind was so blown. And you got one guy who’s
called to this journey by a farmer with a 12th grade education, who understands what DuPont has done and has to convince this
corporate defense attorney of the truth that he already knows. It’s kind of a classic story in that way. They’re always the ones raising awareness. They’re always the ones
that are most cynical about the system. And I just felt like, this is the moment to be talking about these kinds of issues, where a whole regulatory system, And that’s what this
story is really about. – And is that why you
wanted to make it right now as we’re going into 2020
and an election year? Do you want people to be
aware again of these issues? – Yeah, because I think movies
are called into existence by the culture, I feel like, you know? Oddly enough, we’ll
have movies that pop out just at the moment where we’re actually in the middle of a conversation. And the movie will
facilitate that conversation by transcending the politics of an issue and connect us by storytelling and connect us to our common humanity. We all can agree that one, we shouldn’t have to choose
jobs that are poisoning us just to have a job in the most wealthy, exceptional country in the world. And that all of us want
to have clean water that when we turn on our
tap and we give our child a bottle of water or a glass of water, that they’re gonna be safe. We’re all aware of it,
even Trump’s people feel that this system has
let them down somehow. And so that’s the conversation
we’re actually having. Is it gonna be a
nationalistic scapegoating, white supremacist populism
or are we gonna have a left-leaning populism
that is about fairness, democracy and inclusiveness. you know, we give up a lot
of power, a lot of own money in taxes to enter an
agreement with the government that you’re gonna take
care of some of our needs. And you’re gonna keep us safe. That’s the covenant between
the public and a government These companies, they have all the money. All the time and they’ll use it, trust me. I know, I was one of them! – [Farmer] You’re still one of ’em. – And how did Rob Bilott kind
of affect you after this film? I can tell you’re passionate about it, but how did this everyday
American hero affect you? – [Mark] He’s the most
humble, modest, lovely guy who sacrificed everything. He went on this journey that,
like, his wealth was affected, his health was affected,
his career was affected, his home life was affected, his standing in the
community was affected. And he just kept going because
he believes in people and And if he could just get
the truth out to them, that they would end up
making the right decision and doing the right thing. – What do you think
this movie is gonna tell to all the Rob Bilotts out
there, all the underdogs. What do you want the little
guy to get from this? Every fight I’ve ever been
in, whether it’s fracking, white supremacy, or even this, it’s always the common people
who are sounding the alarm and they’re the ones on the front lines and they’re the ones that our country is so willing to sacrifice. – [Interviewer] And you
have been at the front lines so what keeps you going? What gives you super
strength to stay optimistic and stay hopeful for the
future of the country? I’ve been an activist
since the second Iraq War and the amount of organizing
that’s happening now, the amount of people waking up, And to see the young
people getting involved and understanding, like Greta Thunberg, literally speaking on behalf
of an entire generation and capturing the fear and
the woes and the disgust of these systems. But the writing’s on the wall. There’s no turning back. What we’re facing is only
gonna become more and more in everything and touch
more and more people’s life until we all just come together
and to say that’s enough. That’s in the process
of happening right now. – It is happening but there
is still so much denial. We even have a president that won’t acknowledge the climate crisis. – But then you have, but
then you look at the polls for America, I mean, we went
from 40% of America believing in the climate crisis to,
we’re up to like 75-80% in the course of, like, five years. But the people are waking up and they’re getting
more connected, I think. And the young people
understand this issues. I have to remain hopeful,
otherwise I just can’t get, I can’t do it anymore. – I know. You have to, but how
does that give you hope, seeing the Gretas of the
world, all the young kids really standing up and telling
the boomers to shut up? – I love it. – It’s so good, isn’t it? – I love it. I mean it’s unassailable,
and my whole focus now is on the kids, you know. What is the next seven generations? What do we do for them? I love “Now This.” – [Interviewer] Ahh,
it’s recording. (laughs) We love you. We certainly love you. – And now this. (laughter) – That’s how we’re opening
the video. (laughs)

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