Leonardo DiCaprio’s character urges viewers to call the number for ‘peace of mind’
Viewers have discovered that a phone number featured in Don’t Look Up leads to a sex hotline.
The newly released Netflix film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio as Kate Dibiasky and Randall Mindy, two mid-level astronomers who struggle to alert the public that a comet is on a collision course with earth.
In one scene midway through the movie, DiCaprio’s character appears in a government public service announcement.
During the televised advertisement, he directs the public to a phone number which people can call to get “peace of mind” as the comet – described as a “planet killer” – gets closer and closer to earth.
Since the film was released last month, some viewers have discovered that the phone number displayed on screen – 1-800-532-4500 – connects to an apparent phone sex hotline.
When the hotline is called, as per People, the phone is answered by a woman’s voice that says: “Welcome to America’s hottest hotline. Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk to you. Press 1 now. Ladies, to talk to interesting and exciting guys free, press 2 to connect free now.”
People have taken to Twitter to share their reactions to the shock realisation.
“Called the 800 number they used in Don’t Look Up. It’s a phone sex chat service. LMAO, good prank,” wrote one person.
Another added: “So I called that ‘hotline number’ in Don’t Look Up cause I was bored and it’s literally a phone sex hotline.”
“Speaking of Don’t Look Up, am I the only one that called the FEMA/Bash hotline and got a phone sex operator?” asked someone else.
The scene in question sees DiCaprio’s character, Dr Mindy, speaking to camera: “Right now, millions of you are having these same doubts and questions about the approaching comet.