Extreme sports retailer, SkateHut, crunched the numbers and found Almost Famous to be the most eco-deadly movie ever. They looked at over a hundred road trip films and calculated their CO2 output based on vehicle and distance travelled to come up with a list of the top 50.
The cult classic from director Cameron Crowe topped the list – it follows a rock band touring America from San Diego to New York and back again, stopping off at Arizona, Tennessee, Ohio, Massachusetts and Mississippi along the way for a total distance of 7,205 miles.
Kate Hudson, Patrick Fugit and Jason Lee star and make most of the trip in a 1962 Eagle Model 01 tour bus. It screams 70’s cool, but is seriously damaging to the environment with the journey emitting 14.2 metric tonnes of CO2.
Other films in the list include Smokey and the Bandit, Zombieland and Thelma and Louise. And while there’s a huge range of genres, one thing all road trip films have in common is the iconic cars used by the characters.
From the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in Smokey and the Bandit, to Thelma and Louise’s Ford Thunderbird, the vehicles become glamourised and sometimes cement their place in culture prompting film fans to emulate their favourite characters.
But Hollywood have set a trend for style over substance and the majority of the cars on the list are seriously inefficient.
With climate change being a priority on most agendas, should Hollywood re-think the message road trip films send viewers?
Earlier this year, it was announced that James Bond will be driving an electric vehicle for the first time ever, so the film industry could be taking a step in the right direction. But will it catch on? Watch this space…