Hollywood’s “Walter Mitty” Putting Money Where Their Mouth Is. Sort of.
Hollywood is well-known for taking a generally liberal stance on just about everything, and while celebrities often embrace one cause or another, the money spent in Tinseltown on filmmaking dwarfs any charitable endeavors they may embrace. To place that in perspective, you can see here what a pittance of that money can do, if it’s applied to a good cause:
Casey Neistat, the filmmaker responsible for this creative “trailer” for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, used $25,000 of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation’s marketing budget to help victims of the typhoon that hit the Philippines in November of last year. By the numbers, that cash provided meals for 10,000, and medicine for 35 villages. The full budget of the film is estimated at $90,000,000 according to IMDB.
According to the simple math, if the film had been scrapped, and all the monies allotted to it were spent on typhoon aid, it would have meant 36,000,000 meals, and medicine for 126,000 villages. More likely, it could have been applied to building supplies to provide reasonably secure shelters for thousands of people, infrastructure repairs to provide clean water, and cleanup of farming areas, so that the people could resume a self-sustaining life in the wake of the storm. Just a little food for thought, and something to consider the next time you watch a movie or trailer.