Denis Leary on Why He Sucks Gas


Leary leers about climate change. Photo via Flickr: by Watch With Kristin/E! Online

The author of Why We Suck and star of Rescue Me, Denis Leary, yukked it up on David Letterman's last Friday night, alerting viewers to the upcoming season of his FX firemen-gone-wild show. After some chat about Dave's marriage and Denis's 50-year-old fitness, Dave delivered the set-up with something like, "So how about this global warming?" Leary prefaced his response with, "Don't get me wrong, I love Al Gore." Then came his signature-style rant.
Declaring his love of his big gas-guzzling truck, he complained about how his vehicle was being thwarted by Smart cars slipping into all the parking spaces. "They're just golf carts with doors. I could use one as a lighter in my truck!" (Yeah, he still smokes, too.) A-hem, heard of biodiesel?

When Dave mentioned that scientists are warning how bad things could get with climate change, Leary shrugged and smirked, saying that by the time the damage is done, it's his great grandkids who won't be able to breathe, not him. "Hey, my carbon footprint is so big you could see it from another planet."

Letterman shook his head. "Gee, you seem like the kind of guy who would be all for wind power," pondered Letterman about Leary's contrarian image, suggesting he imagined he'd prefer living off the grid.

"Yeah, I'd be the Windmill King!" The notion of doling out energy to his neighbors seemed to appeal to Leary.

The comic actor had already practiced his "green" material with Starpulse, telling them "First of all I live most of my time on a horse farm, so I've gotta have trucks. I've got to have pickup trucks to move snow. That's why I love America. That's why I think we should save the auto industry. I don't care."

Was it all Bruce Willis-esque buffoonery? Sardonic commentary? Tongue-in-cheek diatribe? Pandering boast to cultivate the he-man guise? One-upping the greenwashing critics? Excuse for zingers? In character leer? Or just the plain truth?

Meanwhile on Jay Leno, Miley "Hannah Montana" Cyrus, also hawking her book Miles to Go and self-titled movie, showed photos of her new Prius and bragged about its Hello Kitty mats and seat covers.

What a difference a channel and 35 years makes.

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Tags: Carbon Footprint | Celebrities | Fuel Efficiency | Greenwashing | Prius | Television | Wind Power

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