REVEALED: How Leonardo DiCaprio Became 'Obsessed' With Vegan Documentary 'Cowspiracy'

The superstar helped the groundbreaking documentary go mainstream through Netflix
Director Keegan Kuhn described DiCaprio as a 'true environmentalist' (Photo: Instagram)

In this PBN Exclusive, Founder Klaus Mitchell discusses vegan documentary Cowspiracy - and how superstar Leonardo DiCaprio became 'obsessed' with it - with the film's director Keegan Kuhn.


The 2014 film - which delves into the negative impacts of animal agriculture - was a collaborative effort of Keegan Kuhn and co-director Kip Anderson, who also directed hit documentary What The Health.

Despite its controversial suggestion that animal agriculture is the number one cause of environmental destruction - emphasizing climate change, deforestation, and water waste - Cowspiracy came to be massively popular on Netflix.

This is in part due to the support it received from actor, producer, two-time Golden Globe winner and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio.



According to Kuhn, DiCaprio caught wind of the film and requested a screener from its directors who, assuming the call was a prank, fulfilled the request regardless.

The pair were then contacted by DiCaprio's producing partner Jennifer Davidson who reportedly told them the star had become 'obsessed' with Cowspiracy, and that it was 'all he was talking about'.

'True environmentalist'

Kuhn told PBN that DiCaprio took getting the film onto Netflix into his own hands, calling the company's heads, and insisting that it needed to be seen by the masses.

Describing DiCaprio as a 'true environmentalist', Kuhn told PBN: "To have Leonardo DiCaprio come on as Executive Producer was, you know, unbelievable.

"You couldn't really ask for a better, more credentialed person to be involved with your film."

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself. 

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Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.

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