Leonardo DiCaprio has teamed up with will i. am, Tobey Maguire, and Forest Whitaker to create “5 Friends Vote”, a PSA campaign encouraging American youth to register to vote. A 4:45 minute video, produced by DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, features well known actors and performers taking the journey from deep cynicism about the US presidential elections to a commitment to action.
Jonah Hill appears as the cynical twenty-something young adult, who needs to be convinced that voting has anything to do with him. Jonah is joined by a range of well known personalities who begin by telling viewers not to vote. The mood changes to “Don’t vote unless…”. Finally there’s a push to have people get online and register at the Google Maps powered US elections registration site. There’s time allowed for viewers to go to the site and register. Comedienne Sarah Silverman even offers to take her bra off while she’s waiting…
Click on the image below to play the uncensored video in YouTube (HD)
Actors appearing in 5Friends PSA include Amy Adams, will.i.am, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Bacon, Halle Berry, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Connolly, Courteney Cox (who used to have 5 friends), Ellen DeGeneres, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Jonah Hill, Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Kiedis, Ashton Kutcher, Adam Levine, Laura Linney, Eva Longoria, Tobey Maguire, Demi Moore, Natalie Portman, Giovanni Ribisi, Ethan Suplee, Kyra Sedgwick, Sarah Silverman, Michelle Trachtenberg, Usher, and Forest Whitaker.
The 5FriendsVote YouTube channel features two versions of the “Don’t Vote” video, censored (320,290 views) and uncensored (718,297).