At the 76th Annual DGA Awards in Beverly Hills on Saturday night, Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo used the platform to call for a ceasefire in Gaza as Israeli violence continues to escalate, he says Deadline. The actor who was at the event to present the nomination for the feature film to George Lanthimos Poorhe adorned his lapel with pins representing peace lilies and Ceasefire Artists.
Ruffalo explained the mission of Artists for Ceasefire, stating, “There is a need for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza. There are 1,200 dead Israelis and 27,000 Palestinians. We realized that this bombing is not working. We’re not going to bomb our way to peace and all we’re saying is, what’s wrong with giving a ceasefire a chance?”
Highlighting the humanitarian crisis, Ruffalo urged world leaders, particularly US President Joe Biden, to demand a lasting ceasefire, maintaining: “We have a million refugees at the Rafah border right now, who are looking at another explosion bombings and We have 400,000 people dying of starvation right now, with no humanitarian aid able to get in there.”
“So we are asking world leaders to give peace a chance instead of continued bombing, escalation of violence and what will soon become a regional war that America will be drawn into,” he continued.
Despite his support, Ruffalo made it clear that he doesn’t plan to make a statement at the awards ceremony itself, explaining, “It’s really about George tonight.”
On a lighter note, Ruffalo shared ideas about his upcoming projects, including the highly anticipated film Mickey 17, directed by Bong Joon-ho. The actor described the film as a “crazy kind of space sci-fi,” where he plays the captain of a colony ship in space. The film also stars Robert Pattinson, Toni Collette and Steven Yeun. He’s also set to star in an as-yet-untitled HBO series from creator Brad Ingelsby Mare of Eastown.
According Al JazeeraUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has issued a stark warning about the dire situation in Gaza, saying half of the territory’s 2.3 million people are now concentrated in Rafah with nowhere to go.
Guterres highlighted the grim reality facing the displaced, claiming they have “no homes” and “no hope”. The alarming conditions come amid ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza, with at least 28,064 reported dead and 67,611 injured since October 7. In response to the escalating violence, Guterres is pleading with the international community to address the unfolding humanitarian crisis.
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