Mick Jagger Criticizes World Leaders Over Climate Change at Venice Film Festival

The musician and actor was there promoting the forthcoming film “The Burnt Orange Heresy”

Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger walks the red carpet ahead of "The Burnt Orange Heresy" during the 76th Venice Film Festival.
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By Tobias Carroll / September 9, 2019 7:43 am

Mick Jagger is known more for his work in the Rolling Stones than for his onscreen appearances as an actor. But Jagger has amassed an interesting group of roles over the years; the latest of these is in the forthcoming art-world thriller The Burnt Orange Heresy, which had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

It was there that Jagger spoke sharply about a group of world leaders including Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Jair Balsonaro for setting a tone of “polarization and rudeness,” according to a recent report in Rolling Stone.

Jagger was particularly critical of the Trump administration’s handling of climate change. “The U.S. should be the world leader in environmental control but now it has decided to go the other way,” he said on Saturday.

The Burnt Orange Heresy was adapted from the novel of the same name by Charles Willeford, and marks Jagger’s first major cinematic role since 2001. In the film, he plays a wealthy art collector who sets a dangerous heist in motion. His co-stars in the film, which was directed by Giuseppe Capotondi, include Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki and Donald Sutherland. 

This isn’t the first of Willeford’s critically acclaimed novels to be adapted for the big screen. In 1990, a young Alec Baldwin starred in director George Armitage’s adaptation of Miami Blues, while the 1974 adaptation of Willeford’s Cockfighter by director Monte Hellman has become a cult classic. As The Burnt Orange Heresy is considered one of Willeford’s best works, its film adaptation is one to keep an eye on.

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