Famed horror director/writer and survivor of some of the strangest ocean accidents
Eli Roth recently debuted his new terrifying flick "The Green Inferno" at the Toronto Film Festival. The film revolves around a group of good-intentioned college students that decide to venture to Peru in an effort to publicize an oil company's plans to bulldoze the home of an indigenous tribe. Unfortunately, the indigenous tribe turns out to be big believers in cannibalism. Cue blood, gore, and the classic Roth film.
Roth says the idea for the film stemmed from what he, and many others, viewed as "slacktavism" is the wake of the KONY 2012 campaign. That video, which went viral online, was created to bring accused Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony to justice. Roth told the Globe and Mail
that while the millions of people who "liked" the video and shared it with their friends did it with good intentions, they likely wouldn't go above and beyond to really inconvenience their own lives to help.
“With Kony 2012, what I saw was a whole bunch of people with T-shirts and mugs feeling better about themselves,” he says. “The only people they were actually helping was their own conscience for somewhat feeling guilty for living a very perfect life while these child soldiers are being killed and ... these horrible things are happening.
“But everybody said, ‘Well, I’m a good person, because I bought a mug.'"
Roth says such behavior inspired him to write a story with college kids who believe they can shame criminals into doing what's right just by showing up and streaming their actions to the world.
“And they learn the hard way that maybe there are some fights that you shouldn’t be involved in, and if you’re going to be involved in them, there’s a way to go about it," he says. "And showing up and streaming in the middle of a jungle isn’t it.”
To accurately capture the jungle setting featured in the film, Roth flew his actors and crew out to the remote Amazonian rain forest. Actress Lorenza Izzo, who plays the lead in "Green Inferno" says the experience was life-changing.
"We were working with this village, people who have never seen ice that don’t have electricity. It was strong," she tells Collider
. "We were isolated from everything, no cell phone, no internet, no nothing. So I feel like we all came back with a different mentality and I think that’s what acting is about. You have these learning experiences that change you a little and Green Inferno really did that for us. Plus all the bugs, plus the boat rides. It was so beautiful. I feel so lucky that we got to live there for a month. It was just green, the trees the rivers. It was insane."
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