Oscar-nominated star Leonardo DiCaprio is in Fort McMurray to research a documentary about the oil sands, according to several media reports.
"He wanted to hear about and see — first-hand — the oilsands and their impact on the planet,” an anonymous source close the Hollywood actor told the Edmonton Journal.
DiCaprio has been an active environmental advocate and recently narrated a series of documentaries about climate change.
The documentary touched on renewable energy sources, carbon taxes and other issues.
Local radio station Mix 103.7 FM asked residents to tell the actor that the town isn't just about the oil sands.
— Mix 103.7 fm (@Mix1037radio) August 22, 2014
The "Titanic" and "Wolf of Wall Street" actor isn't the only celebrity to visit Fort McMurray recently. Singer Neil Young sparked controversy when he said that the oil sands sites around the city resembled the bombed-out ruins of Hiroshima.
DiCaprio will be spending more time in western Canada. He is currently shooting the film "Revenant" in Vancouver and Calgary.
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