Earlier this month, Leonardo DiCaprio, along with a slew of his A-List friends, urged people to register to vote, with a PSA called "5 Friends." Well, DiCaprio et al are back to remind everyone to actually get out to the polls in the new PSA "5 More Friends," which includes some familiar faces from the original, like Ellen DeGeneres and Usher, as well as some average American voters.
The clip begins with celebrities — everyone from Harrison Ford, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Cruise and Shia LaBeouf to Neil Patrick Harris, Julia Roberts, Ben Stiller and Will Smith — going against the original PSA's mock message. In the new video, the stars are stunned to hear that they're supposed to urge Americans not to vote. When Tom Cruise asks, " 'Don't vote?' Now, what do you mean 'Don't vote?,' " director Steven Spielberg explains to the actor that, just like the last ad, this one will eventually list all the reasons why Americans should vote. Spielberg then asks the celebs to sound more sarcastic, to which Justin Timberlake responds, "I can do anything. I was in a boy band, OK?"
The video also points out that 537 votes determined the 2000 election. "There's more Baldwin brothers than that," Ryan Reynolds jokes. The celebrities then share all the reasons why they're voting. A few regular citizens add their own reasons, including a soldier who says, "If you're not voting for yourself, vote for people like me."
The clip then lists a Web address where viewers can find their local polls. And, just like in the original, the celebs wait around while viewers send the clip to five friends. Since its debut on October 1, the original "5 Friends" PSA has been viewed more than 5 million times, according to a press release. The statement also claims that major voter-registration sites — including Google, Rock the Vote and Declare Yourself — have reported that more than 300,000 new voters registered due to the video alone.Head to Choose or Lose for nonstop coverage of the 2008 presidential election, including everything from the latest news on the candidates to on-the-ground multimedia reports from our 51 citizen journalists, MTV and MySpace's Presidential Dialogues, and much more.