Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘intense’ face on the cover of Details: handsome or creepy?

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonard DiCaprio covers the December “Hollywood Mavericks” issue of Details magazine, and I’m pretty unimpressed with this cover. Surely, they could have come up with a better cover shot than Leo “intensely” staring towards the photographer, and the whole cover layout seems really cheap as well. Leo is wearing a Burberry Brit shirt but looks like one of the middle management guys from Office Space. Here’s the other photo released from Details so far, and it isn’t an improvement by any stretch.

Leonardo DiCaprio

For better or worse, Leo remains one of the hottest actors (from a career standpoint) in Hollywood. His latest starring vehicles, The Great Gatsby and Django Unchained (which comes out on Christmas Day), are in the chute, and he’s still filming Wolf of Wall Street, plus his IMDb profile shows 23 films in development. However, I have never understood the huge buzz surrounding this guy. Sure, he had a big “moment” following the floppy hair of Titanic, but Leo’s ultimately grown into the form of a grumpy chihuahua. No disrespect to chihuahuas. I don’t get why he’s such a “maverick” when, really, he’s a modelizer who just got lucky enough to fall into the “muse” category with Martin Scorsese. Like, Leo’s enduring career could be attributed to Bobby DeNiro going all soft. Anyway, here are some uneventful excerpts from the Details interview:

He’s very in demand: “This has been an exceptional situation. Filming three movies back to back to back, I don’t think I’ve ever done that. In a weird way. I realize these movies are about three different periods in American history, but all have a central character trying to hold on to the privileged life they’ve been given, by any means necessary.”

His Django Unchained character, Calvin Candie: “One of, if not the most, despicable, indulgent, radical characters I’ve ever read in my life. Writer-directors tend to be very precious about their material and their words, but Quentin’s [Tarantino] whole process is getting input from the actors and adding levels to their characters. A lot of the talks we had specifically about phrenology really took him to a completely different level.”

His career choices: “Of course it’s all risky….I mean, that’s the excitement of doing it, you know? I don’t know why I choose certain films. I just gravitate toward them and I don’t question that.”

On producing: “My whole thing has been to develop material outside the studio system for myself, and this expanded to funding material I won’t necessarily star in. I don’t need to wear the producer hat while making movies, but I love to have that collaboration.”

[From Details]

As much as it shames me to admit, I had to google “phrenology” to figure out what the hell Leo was talking about in reference to his character development process with QT. Apparently, it’s a pseudo-science (that I’ve heard of before but forgotten the term for) where the bumps on one’s head are believed to determine one’s personality. It sounds very freaky but makes sense in terms of Leo’s sadistic character. Yeah, I still don’t know if I want to watch this movie. I love the hell out of Tarantino and will probably catch Django on DVD, but Leo is probably the only thing that will keep me from watching it in theaters. I don’t have any hatred for the guy, but he’s just so bland even while acting campy.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

Photos courtesy of Details and AllMoviePhoto

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  1. Sisi says:

    Has Tyra Banks tought him how to smize?

  2. Amelia says:

    23 films in development! Blimey. He might have a habit of ordering girlfriends from the BS catalogue but there’s no calling him lazy.
    I’m actually really looking forward to The Great Gatsby (I’ll probably skip Django, it’s not really my genre) as it’s one of my favourite books and I love Baz Luhrman’s OTT-ness. (Not a word, but hey.)

  3. KellyinSeattle says:

    The last time I liked him was on Growing Pains and The Titanic; but I think his baby face kind of limits his career. Nice to see him in a suit, though (I’m a suit nut; love a man in a suit)…trying to pull off tough/manly, even w/ the Clint Eastwoodesque squint, fails.

  4. girlnbayou says:

    can someone please tell me how 99% of the time I cant leave a comment? i need technical support and I cant find it on this site. I used to leave comments with no problem. now? hardly ever

  5. QQ says:

    Doughy and smug for me

    The only reason why i always always remember phrenology is because of The Roots album and a creepy book with crazy illustrations

  6. Aubra says:

    I am 50/50 on Django. I saw the trailer in the theater last week and it was VERY bloody!

  7. Birdie says:

    I am looking forward to watch Django and I think he is a very good actor. Not as good as Cumberbatch or any other british actor, but I think it will bring him a best supporting actor oscar nomination.

  8. Tiffany27 says:

    Honestly I only wanna see Django because I wanna see Walton Goggins (Boyd Crowder from Justified). That’s really it. The last Tarantino film I liked was Kill Bill.

  9. Christina says:

    Leonardo is living proof of the fact that men with baby faces do NOT age well.

    What’s cute at 22 is not so hot at 37.

  10. Trek Girl says:

    I like Leonardo, and Django Unchained looks like a great movie. I have no problems with his acting or appearance; he’s talented and versatile.

  11. Ari says:

    its sad but i prefer his calvin face to his real face lol

  12. Kaye says:

    Anyone getting a Clark Gable vibe from the pics with the beard?

  13. Sisi says:

    looking at the front page of Celebitchy… and Olivier Martinez looks like Leo’s squinty older brother in the next post

    there seems to be a lot of squint on the frontpage atm. All that is missing is a Rhimes Cibrian story.

  14. Jen says:

    Leo? bland? Hate him for only dating 20 year old old models, hate him for his douchiness but don’t hate on him for his acting.

    Have you seen The Departed, Inception, or even, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? Leo is anything but bland.

    Hands down, still one of the best actors around.

  15. Sweet Dee says:

    As a rule I don’t watch Tarantino films in the theater because you can’t smoke weed there.

    Okay, that’s my rule for all films. Heh ;)

    Titanic came out on my 14th birthday and Leo was huge back then. I still think he’s cute and a great actor but I prefer to block out his personality.

  16. Rae says:

    Does anyone else think the airbrushing was a bit heavy handed? In his candids, he certainly looks 37 (thanks to his furrowed brow and a few “maturity lines” around the eyes). Here, he looks like he’s 27.

  17. RobN says:

    I think he looks good in these pictures. A lot less doughy than usual, certainly a lot less doughy than he looks in the movie stills.

  18. carrie says:

    great actor but bland photoshopped(?) cover

  19. bea says:

    Someone said it before on this site, but I’ll say it again – baby-faced men don’t age well.

    If he wasn’t rich and famous women would barely notice him. Sorry.

  20. Nessa says:

    Aww. I love me some Leo. Always have… Always will. He is a phenomenal actor. Kind of a douche, but whatever. He ain’t my boyfriend so I don’t have to worry about it.

  21. INeedANap says:

    Holy cats I thought it was Benicio Del Toro…and that’s not necessarily a good thing.

  22. Nico says:

    As far as “intense” faces go, this one is pretty mild. I still think Leo is mad cute, so shoo!

  23. Good_as_Gold says:

    He looks VERY photoshopped. They’ve taken a good 10 years off him, and trimmed down his ordinarily doughy face lol

  24. Daniela says:

    A lot of women hate on him simply because he dates much younger women (and a lot of men hate on him just out of jealousy), but calling him a ‘bland’ actor… really? He’s easily one of the best 10 Under-50 actors in Hollywood.

    There’s a reason Tarantino, Scorsese, Nolan, Spielberg… and all the greats want to work with him.

  25. shabbo says:

    I find him to be a very boring actor, I honestly don’t get why he’s getting so many good roles,.

    • Calimero says:

      absolutely I don’t understand why some people praised him, in fact I don’t know a lot of people who find that he’s a good actor, the majority finds him just correct, I never think he was excellent and I always think he’s not good looking, he’s too boyish for me : I liked mainly man :)

  26. Turtle Dove says:

    I love me some Leo, but they airbrushed him back to 2001.

    I have to disagree with you Agent Bedhead. Leo is fab.

  27. donth8 says:

    DO not hate on Leo, the man can act, as has been proven time and time again, and he looks mighty fine in everything her does. you don’t have to like him, but don’t hate.

  28. judyjudy says:

    I never cared much for him but he is starting to look more handsome to me as he ages.

  29. Ally8 says:

    That cover is photoshopped… they either expanded his features to cover his face or trimmed/contoured the edges of his face.

    As you can see in the Django photos, he’s got tiny squahed features in the middle of his pudgy face like a Cabbage Patch doll.

    So that photoshopped fellow is handsome; present-day Leo not so much.

  30. lisa2 says:

    OH my.. I know who would have been so freaking Great for Leo’s role.. but he was working on another film.

    I’m going to see this later. but not for leo, or Jamie (who I can not stand) that is what would keep me away. He does look to do a great job in this, but I won’t see it opening weekend. I’ll wait a week or 2 or wait for the dvd.

    There are only a handfull of actor/actresses that get me out opening weekend.

  31. Kosmos says:

    I definitely like him as an actor, but I do not respect him otherwise due to his serial dating and unwillingness to commit to anyone. I find that quality of having one girl right after another into infinity very unhealthy for some reason.

  32. Mandy says:

    I was never really a Leo fan until I saw The Departed. He was excellent in that movie. I’ll most likely go to the theatre to see Django-that is if we can get a sitter. :)