On NBC, Blake Lively Blames Global Warming for Shark Attack in Movie

Appearing on the Today show, Monday, to promote her new shark movie, actress Blake Lively implied that the reason her character is in peril is global warming. Talking to Savannah Guthrie about The Shallows, she asserted, “Because of global warming, sharks are pushed closer to shore. And she's attacked and you think of a shark attack being in the deep ocean, but it’s almost scarier when shore is right there.” 

Lively seems to use the global warming talking point in every interview promoting the film. In the June Marie Claire, she repeated, “Because of climate change and global warming, what was once in the deep is now in the shallows.”       

Interesting, the U.K. Daily Mail reported in November of 2015 that global warming might make sharks smaller and less deadly. In July of that year, the paper said climate change will increase shark attacks

A transcript of the exchange is below: 

Today
6/20/16
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SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: Well, set the scene for us a little bit. We kind of did. Nancy is your character. She's brave. She's a medical student. So, we know she's resourceful. She kind of gets stuck literally on a rock. You can see the beach, but she can't get there because there is a shark between you. 

BLAKE LIVELY: Yeah. And that’s what’s so frightening. Hence the name The Shallows. Because of global warming, sharks are pushed closer to shore. And she's attacked and you think of a shark attack being in the deep ocean, but it’s almost scarier when shore is right there. And it's just so close. But it comes in handy that she's a medical student.

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the associate editor for the Media Research Center's NewsBusters.org site.