Royalty and statesmen

The eco-conscious royal, pictured in his introduction to the 90-minute production, has enlisted some of Hollywood's biggest stars to his public-awareness film, which warns about the dangers of deforestation on climate change
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007 star Daniel, who introduces himself as an "actor" and an "optimist", also shares the screen with a digital frog created by the animation team who worked on The Golden Compass

Harrison Ford also got on board. "What happens in the rainforest has an immediate and powerful effect on our lives," he explains

Charles recruits Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford to eco campaign

6 MAY 2009
Prince Charles has taken his campaign to save the rainforests to the next level. The 60-year-old royal has recruited a number of leading Hollywood names, including James Bond star Daniel Craig and Indiana Jones actor Harrison Ford, to campaign for his cause.

The eco-conscious signed up the stars to appear in his new Al Gore-style public awareness film which warns about the dangers of deforestation on climate change. The 90-minute film got its online preview through MySpace on Tuesday and on the Prince's eco website at 6pm - the same time Charles launched it at the National Geographic store.

Actor Harrison has long been an eco campaigner. "What happens in the rainforest has an immediate and powerful effect on our lives," he says in the film.

Prince William and Harry - who also appear in the production, telling viewers they want to save the forests "for all of us" - persuaded Daniel to get on board when they met him at the Quantum Of Solace premiere last year. Other big names participating are the Dalai Lama, who introduces himself as a "simple Buddhist monk", and Robin Williams.

The actor signed up after chatting to the heir to the throne about green issues at the Prince's 60th birthday concert in 2008.

Everyone in the film is accompanied on screen by a digital frog, which was created by the Oscar-winning, computer-generated imagery company behind the film The Golden Compass. "Princes and frogs have a long association," explains Charles, "but our frog is symbolic with the world's rainforests. The frog is a symbol of action against climate change."


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