Javier Bardem, in talks to play King Triton in the new live-action Little Mermaid, hopes that Hollywood will take this opportunity to help save the oceans.
Global – Disney has the opportunity to do so much good with their audiences. There is space for education and awareness of severe global matters. This is precisely how Javier Bardem feels, and he even brought it up with Little Mermaid director, Rob Marshall.
Javier met up with the director to discuss the importance of the film and how it could be used to share and an important environmental message. Let’s protect our oceans!
“You have to take advantage of this amazing, beautiful story written by (Hans Christian) Andersen and bring the pollution of the oceans into it,” said Bardem.
“You can reach millions and millions of younger generations … that is something movies like this could and should do.”
According to Javier, Rob was keen on the idea, but it will take some convincing with Disney executives to make the changes.
“This is a big machinery. He’s not an auteur director who has his own little movie where he can have every decision – this is Disney.”
Javier says that while his daughter is over the moon, he could be in the Little Mermaid, he knows fighting to get a positive message in the movie will be more important to her when she is older.
“Once you have a child, you become a father of every child in the world. I know it sounds very cheesy, but it’s true,” he said.
“They will be 18 or 20-years-old and they will turn to us and they will say ‘Shame on you. You knew – what did you do about it?'”
If enough people make noise about the movie before it goes into production, then there is more of a chance, they will include an important message.