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‘Stranger Things’ star David Harbour and his girlfriend, actress Alison Sudol (‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’), boarded the Greenpeace ship Thursday in London, England, to set sail for Antarctica. The pair will be helping gather scientific evidence with the Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary to safeguard penguins and whales.

Before leaving, Harbour released a statement, saying:

“Well, Greenpeace says the Weddell Sea and its surroundings are home to a precious ecosystem, vital to sustaining our future. And that there’s penguins there. And that I’ll get to waddle around with them, discuss their parenting techniques with them and yes, yes, dance with them. And that they’ll film it. And that if maybe I get enough support from everybody, they’ll gimme that video, so I can rent it out to you (be kind, rewind please).”

He continued, saying:

“Those who think I don’t have the sea legs to cross the Drake Passage, nor the cojones to scare away a rogue fur seal in my way, nor the animal magnetism to attract a group of curious penguins… Look it’s not the smart money bet…I mean, I’ve been known to do stranger things (insert canned laughter here).”

Sudol, who plays Queenie in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise added:

“There is a massive movement to protect these waters, which provide invaluable refuge to marine wildlife, and I am thrilled to join Greenpeace as an Antarctic Ambassador! Not only do I get to shout about it everywhere I can, but I also get to put on my life jacket and long johns and go exploring.”

Their trip comes just weeks after Harbour tweeted at Greenpeace on Twitter, asking them how many retweets it would take to “send me someplace to tell emperor penguin couples I think they have terrific parenting ideologies?” adding that he would recreate the dance his ‘Stranger Things’ character did in his now-viral meme, saying “Perhaps hone the Hopper dance with the males…”

Greenpeace responded to Harbour’s tweet the next day, telling him:

“Hmm, if you get over 200k we’ll ask the Captain if you can join our expedition to the Antarctic and dance with the penguins.”

Harbour accepted the challenge and his 824K followers responded by giving him over 200,000 retweets in less than five hours.bGreenpeace stayed true to their word, Tweeting:

“Get your dancing shoes on, because you’ll be heading to Antarctica in no time.”

Fernando Romo, the captain of a Greenpeace-chartered boat, sent a video to Harbour, saying:

“I invite you to come to our ship in Punta Arenas, Chile at the beginning of February and join our expedition.”

Harbour wasted no time documenting his vacation with an Instagram saying:

“Let’s go to the end of the world already! I hear Antarctica is the perfect place to build my supervillian lair!!’ said my sunglasses…”


This isn’t the first time Harbour has used Twitter to help make dreams come true. In the past year, Harbour himself has responded to several ‘Stranger Things’ fans, doing things like posing for senior portraits holding a trombone with a high school student and agreeing to officiate a wedding in Illinois in September all simply because his followers were able to get enough support on social media.