"He didn’t like seeing her with the lower back tattoo, walking for a second naked," film director Adam McKay explained.
Don't Look Up was released at an opportune time. There has been widespread false information and outright denial of facts over the past few years, not only regarding climate change but also the pandemic itself. The film deals with all this with frightening precision. Audiences have been praising the doomsday comedy and Adam McKay’s genius.
The star-studded cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as the two low-level astronomers who try to let the people of the world know that a planet-destroying comet is on its way to strike Earth. They are joined by Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, and Ariana Grande.
In the film, Streep plays the profit-seeking president of the United States, Janie Orlean. (Warning, spoilers ahead.) The film captured the self-serving interests of corporates and the control they have over the governments, who are at their beck and call. At the end of the film, when the world leaders fail to save the planet from the ultimate doom, Peter Isherwell (Rylance), tech billionaire CEO of BASH along with 2,000 other people including Janie leave Earth to go live on another planet. With advanced technology, they reach another habitable planet.
Adam McKay: ‘Leo sees Meryl as film royalty – he didn’t like seeing her with a lower back tattoo’ https://t.co/cMF0EqUd9k— Guardian Australia (@GuardianAus) December 13, 2021
In this final scene in the movie, all the people exit the spaceship completely naked. One person had a problem with this. And it was not Streep. In an interview with The Guardian McKay said, "She is fearless. And yes, that is a body double." He then went on to say, "But you know who had a problem with it? Leo. Leo just views Meryl as film royalty … although maybe royalty is not a compliment … but as such a special figure in the history of film. He didn’t like seeing her with the lower back tattoo, walking for a second naked. He said something to me like: 'Do you really need to show that?' And I was like: 'It’s President Orlean; it’s not Meryl Streep.' But she didn’t even blink. She didn’t even bring it up."
Talking about how he managed to get a stellar cast together he said, "I had a couple of people I wanted right from the jump. Like, I wrote the roles for Jennifer Lawrence and Rob Morgan [as a sympathetic Nasa scientist]. I sort of had Meryl Streep in mind, but you never dare to think that you’re going to get her. When she signed on, it then became just a cascading effect. And then when Leonardo DiCaprio came in, I realized there was this happy accident."