In 2002, the Texan filmmaker began a 12-year commitment to a project that would eventually become his highly-acclaimed movie, “Boyhood.” But 30 years ago, Linklater made a much more important commitment: to become a vegetarian, which he showcases in a new video for PETA called, “Veghood.”
“So it’s been over 30 years since I first went vegetarian,” says modern-day Linklater. “By my calculations, that’s over 3,000 animals saved, so that’s pretty cool. And also apparently it’s been pretty healthy. Look — I don’t think I’ve aged at all!”
The video kicks off in 1985 — the year Linklater went veg — and though he doesn’t physically change, Linklater, the precise director that he is, ensures his wardrobe and props reflect the times. For example, look out for the “Back to the Future” red puffy vest he sports in 1985, and for the plaid he later wears in the ’90s.
As we all know most Texans love their barbecue, and Linklater does make reference to what it’s like to be a vegetarian in the Lone Star state.
“It’s easy. We have everything, and it’s bigger,” he says. “We have bigger vegetables. Bigger fruit. The best. Because it’s Texas.”
Throughout the video, Linklater talks about all the of awesome reasons why it’s best to go veggie: how much it helps both animals and the planet, and how much healthier and happier he feels.
Even if Linklater doesn’t walk away with the Oscar this weekend (but we’re pretty sure he will), he’s a winner in our books.
Watch Linklater’s “Veghood,” here: