Academy Award nominated New Zealand born film director Taika Waititi is known as much for being part of the award-winning comedy duo The Humourbeasts (featuring fellow Kiwi Jemaine Clement of HBO’s wildly popular Flight of the Conchords) as he is for his WWF Earth Hour ambassadorial responsibilities. Joking that he accepted his newly found eco-role thinking that it was actually a position with the World Wrestling Federation, the director happens to be the perfect representative for Mother Nature. Everyone, he believes, can chip in and make a measurable impact: “You can’t change the world by turning power off for one hour, but it’s about each person trying to show that a small action can make a huge difference.”
This strong conviction extends to the green lifestyle changes that Waititi is embracing while on the set of the upcoming blockbuster Green Lantern, slated to hit the big screen on June 17th, 2011. Currently filming in New Orleans, the director of Eagle vs. Shark plays Thomas Kalmuka, a “the test pilot who comes to wear the super-powered ring of the interplanetary police force known as the Green Lantern Corps” and best friend of Ryan Reynolds’ Hal Jordan.
Waititi has commented that the movie industry breeds a ridiculous amount of excess, particularly with regard to the amount of food that is chucked at the end of the day. Fortunately, he notes that theGreen Lantern production is the third Hollywoodmovie set to ever post a huge sign over the snack table informing the cast and crew that all leftovers will be recycled into organic compost. He has also committed to pedaling around the city in his off-time rather than driving a car for the entire two month shoot. Baby steps, perhaps, but WWF’s ambassador is leading by example and proving that it really is the little things that make a great green difference.‘Green Lantern’ Movie Set Going Green By Composting