Leonardo DiCaprio Responds to Bolsonaro’s Claims He Funded Amazon Fires

Leonardo DiCaprio has responded to the accusations made by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday that the Hollywood actor is behind some of the fires in the Amazon rainforest.

DiCaprio released a statement via Instagram on Saturday that reads: “At this time of crisis for the Amazon, I support the people of Brazil working to save their natural and cultural heritage. They are an amazing, moving and humbling example of the commitment and passion needed to save the environment.”

Bolsonaro told supporters Friday: “DiCaprio is a cool guy, isn’t he? Giving money to set the Amazon on fire,” referring to a police raid at the headquarters of two nonprofit groups the Brazilian president believes to be behind the fires in the Amazonian state of Para.

Several volunteer firefighters, who deny wrongdoing, were arrested and later released. Local police say they are being investigated for allegedly igniting fires to obtain funding through nonprofits. Federal prosecutors say their investigation points to local land-grabbers as the primary suspects.

The number of fires in Brazil this year hit a record number of any year since 2013 and is up by 85 percent from last year, according to several reports. The country's space research center has already detected more than 80,000 fires in 2019 so far.

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Leonardo DiCaprio reveals the advice he'd give to aspiring actors

Leonardo DiCaprio has offered a piece of advice for aspiring actors looking to start a career in the film industry.

Speaking to The Mirror in a Q&A, the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star discussed working with Quentin Tarantino and Brad Pitt in the new film, as well as his own career.

“The cool thing about making movies, and the first thing I say to anyone who asks about working in movies and getting into this industry, is that what you do is burned on to celluloid history for all time,” he said.

“I’m like, ‘Start to watch them. Go and see what has been done before you," he continued. "Try to measure yourself up to some of the greats and then start from there.’

“I endlessly watch movies and I am blown away by what has been done in cinema past.”

Tarantino recently broke his own record at the US box office for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which stars DiCaprio as a fading star accompanied by his stunt double (Pitt).

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