Michael Douglas Joins Anti-Nuclear Weapons PSA (Video)
Michael Douglas has helped enlist a few notable actors for a public service video calling on world leaders to disarm nuclear weapon stockpiles.
The video, titled "The World Must Stand Together" and filmed for advocacy organization Global Zero, includes an array of celebrities speaking out about pursuing a nuclear-weapon-free world. The Behind the Candelabra actor helped organize the clip, which was shot over the last eight weeks, Matt Brown, co-founder of Global Zero, tells The Hollywood Reporter.
"This particular video was really spearheaded by Michael Douglas, who has been a longtime leader on this cause going back to his China Syndrome film decades ago and has been a very influential, persuasive and passionate advocate for the elimination of nuclear weapons," Brown says.
The clip, which features, among others, Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Naomi Watts, Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert De Niro and Christoph Waltz, is part of an ongoing campaign advocating for the disarmament of stockpiles by the United States, Russia and other countries.
"The message from national security experts and citizens around the world is clear: The only way to eliminate the global nuclear danger is to eliminate all nuclear weapons," said Michael Douglas in a news release.
The video clip is timed to President Obama's meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin at the G-8 Summit on June 17.
"The meeting next week is an essential time for them to discuss this, come to an agreement on it and take leadership to make it happen," says Brown, who served as an executive producer on the nuclear-free-themed documentary Countdown to Zero that debuted at Sundance in 2010.
Global Zero, founded in 2008 as a nonprofit, has been promoting the #demandzero campaign on Twitter and with various online clips. In May, the organization released a video featuring Naomi Watts and Valerie Plame-Wilson -- the actress portrayed the ex-CIA agent in 2010's Fair Game -- touting a similar message.