It's even more unsettling when you realize the real Bucky Bailey plays himself in that scene. Clad in a suit and tie he seemed uncomfortable wearing, the actor and longtime environmental activist spoke with the fervor and wear of someone who's been in the fight for a long time.
In 1938, Roy J. Plunkett, a chemist employed by DuPont, accidentally invented a seemingly miraculous polymer they named polytetrafluoroethylene, then later, simply "Teflon."
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Ultimately, DuPont was found to have poisoned over 70,000 local people as well as hundreds of animals. The real life inspiration for the Netflix movie starring Adam Sandler and Julia Fox, Best new films coming out in 2020, and when they’re released in UK cinemas, How long is Van Dijk out for?
Played by Julia Roberts in an award-winning performance in a movie by the same name, the film told the story of Erin, who despite her lack of formal legal education, was instrumental in building a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California in 1993. Mark Ruffalo read the story and immediately bought the rights for the film. DuPont continues to deny any wrongdoing. By signing up to the VICE newsletter you agree to receive electronic communications from VICE that may sometimes include advertisements or sponsored content. The real life inspiration for the Netflix movie starring Adam Sandler and Julia Fox. Here’s everything you need to know about the story behind it. Dark Waters Tells the True Story of the Lawyer Who Took DuPont to Court and Won. "Not that we ever were asked for permission to have our bloodstreams be forever changed for the ease of non-stick cookware. It's impossible not to feel horrified and infuriated in watching Dark Waters, or feel the weight of responsibility on Bilott's shoulders to be the David taking on a billion-pound Goliath. Convincing anyone to join him in his fight against one of the most powerful organisations in the country would prove an almost impossible task for Bilott and the case itself dragged on for over a decade. And yet, DuPont is still the only manufacturer of Teflon, now with a slightly less hazardous chemical compound called GenX, which has been questioned for its own dangerous properties. Bilott, a partner at a Cincinnati law firm, spent the beginning of his career fighting on behalf of large chemical corporations, but in 1998, he decided to take on one of the biggest ones in the world. But the biggest scares in life are the ones that come from things we think are completely safe. As of October, DuPont and other chemical companies have been found to be contaminating drinking water in 49 states,1,398 locations across the country, and at least 126 military bases, facing lawsuits in New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, and New York. Ruffalo blames corporate greed and interests for the lack of movement in safeguarding the public from PFAS. "I saw the footage of the cows, and that's the original footage [that you see in the movie],” Ruffalo told VICE on a cold afternoon in November. Countless companies globally sell Teflon products. "Part of the reason I wanted to do this was because I've done so much activism."
I Brought DuPont to Trial for its Toxic Pesticide, releasing forever chemicals into the local water, contaminating drinking water in 49 states, testified before the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on the Environment. Both the events of the movie and the characters represented in it are all very closely based on the real story. Later, at a gas station, a male voice asks Bilott for the score of a game, and he turns to find that same face aged 30-odd years, leaving him shaken.
He's also had a history of choosing films that speak to social injustice, including 2015's Spotlight.
Ruffalo continued: "[Activism is] so hard and thankless and fucking despairing," he said. In Dark Waters, the evil lies in frying pans. Here's the thing, though: Teflon contains perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), otherwise known as C8, part of a larger cluster of "forever" chemicals called PFAS or PFOAs that never break down in the environment and build up in humans and animals, causing irreparable damage. Dark Waters, out … Entertainment 'Dark Waters' Is a Real-Life Horror Story, And You're Part of It Mark Ruffalo and director Todd Haynes talk to VICE about the very real, … I saw that, and I was like, 'This is a horror story. "As soon as the state has a stake in our healthcare, I promise you our food and our water and our air is gonna get cleaned up really fucking fast," said Ruffalo.
Perhaps most significantly, the film remains absolutely true to the fact in all of the harmful practices it depicts DuPont engaging in, including the fact that they knew about the damage they were causing long before Bilott exposed it. Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription. Dark Waters exposes a decades-long pollution scheme that resulted in a PFOA, a highly toxic chemical, being in your — yes, your — blood.
The most concerning chemical being dumped was perfluorooctanoic acid, usually called PFOA, which had been linked to severe birth defects when pregnant women were exposed to it, as well as a host of illnesses including several forms of cancer. Even with the bad press around Teflon and PFAS, DuPont is still thriving. The thriller, which was directed by Todd Haynes and hits theaters this week, draws from a 2016 New York Times article by Nathaniel Rich to tell the real-life story of corporate lawyer and environmental activist Rob Bilott (played by Mark Ruffalo), who won a $670 million cash settlement for thousands of people affected by exposure to harmful chemicals at the hands of the DuPont chemical company. But as it goes, that innocuous household staple is a window into a greater terror. Still, the impact of this large-scale health disaster is unending: a study done at Harvard reported unsafe levels of PFAS in the drinking water of at least 6 million people (though researchers believe it may be closer to 100 million). Ruffalo believes film is a powerful tool for social change, shocking people into action in a way activism may not be able to.
A real-life horror story.'' "It's such a long journey for [Bilott], and it just took its toll on him, financially, socially, with his career, his family, his community.
"You're living in that every single day.