'Hulk' producer Hurd keeps busy
Jun. 02, 2003
By Borys Kit
Seaworthy: You'd think that the release of her mega-budget
tentpole movie in less than three weeks would leave Gale Anne Hurd
without any extra time, but the producer, whose "The Hulk"
comes out June 20, just keeps adding more to her datebook.
Returning from Skywalker Ranch, where she was overseeing the movie's
final dub, she zipped into a Raleigh Studios soundstage Wednesday
to help out with a PSA on ocean awareness. She's exec producing
it for Shifting Baselines, an environmental campaign she helped
co-found with director Randy Olson and the noted marine biologist
Dr. Jeremy Jackson.
The PSA, conceived by Olson, will feature Jack Black, in a tuxedo
and "Amadeus"-like wig, conducting the world's worst symphony,
featuring the likes of Josh Lucas, Madeline Stowe and Paul Michael
Glaser, in an attempt to show how low standards have sunk when it
comes to ocean health. "The deteriorating state of the ocean
has been in the news a lot lately and sometimes, when all you have
is dire stories, it's difficult to want to read any further,"
said Hurd, as Henry Winkler attempted to play a harp in the background.
"That's why we're using humor to make a point here. Humor makes
things more accessible, more interesting." Not stopping with
Shifting Baselines, Hurd, who learned to scuba dive when she produced
1989's "The Abyss," is teaming up with Leonardo DiCaprio
for Reef Revival, a fundraiser at Universal Citywalk on June 25.
"Once you start to dive, you really become aware of the changes
to the ocean," said Hurd. "In the years since making 'The
Abyss,' I have seen the erosion of reefs and fish. Though I've been
working seven days a week on 'The Hulk,' I make time for this --
because this is really important."