“An Inconvenient Truth” producer Laurie David says that she was up at 3 a.m. today when she got word that Al Gore had won the Nobel Peace Prize. The film’s director, Davis Guggenheim, deadpanned, “I thought it was very favorable.”
Seriously, though, Guggenheim says that Gore’s Nobel Prize felt like “Christmas in October.” The Nobel committee cited Gore’s ability as a communicator, which was surely boosted by his starring role in “Truth.”
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“It is going to do an enormous amount of good in its own right,” David says. And noting the controversy that continues to erupt over what causes global warming, she added, “It is a vindication to everyone who has worked on this issue.”
And Guggenheim says that Gore has also helped changed the dynamics of the political process. “Now we are looking for people who are speaking the truth and saying the right things and have the courage of their convictions.”
While he would like to see Gore as president, he said that such talk is “irrelevant” compared to the climate crisis.
Guggenheim not only didn’t anticipate the acclaim that the film would get, but that it got released at all. “We had many people in the group who this should go straight to DVD, that it should be an educational film. I myself had doubts.” He credits Jeff Skoll’s Participant Prods. for underwriting the project.
“We are of course thrilled for Al and thrilled to have been part of his team,” says Jim Berk, the CEO of Particpant. “In making ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ we experienced first hand his vast knowledge f the global warming crisis, his perseverance and his passion for this planet.”
Guggenheim says, “What we do in Hollywood is tell stories, and that was our contribution to the issue, which was to tell Al’s story.”
“Today, this means that more people are going to see the film,” Guggenheim says. “I am already imagining the sticker that the guys will put on the DVD, ‘Al Gore, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.'”