Did Leonardo DiCaprio start a bitch-fight with Clint Eastwood?


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Currently, Leonardo DiCaprio is filming the J. Edgar bio-pic with director Clint Eastwood. I’ve been hearing various stuff about the filming, mostly controlled leaks about potential plotlines and that kind of stuff, but I hadn’t heard anything about tempers flaring. Until now! The National Enquirer’s gossip guy Mike Walker claims that Clint and Leo got into a little tiff while filming in Washington, D.C. one day. Clint, a famously reserved and fast director, got the take he was looking for and called it a day. Leo did not agree, and pitched a fit. I mean… you know Clint has turds bigger than Leo, right?

FEELIN’ LUCKY, PUNK?… WELL, ARE YOU? You coulda heard a pin drop when LEONARDO DICAPRIO suddenly got feisty with Oscar-winning director CLINT EASTWOOD on the set of “J. Edgar” and demanded a retake on a scene where he reacts to a bomb explosion on a Washington, D.C., street.

Clint loved the take, called it a wrap and told everyone to go home – but Leo felt he hadn’t looked shocked enough in the scene, and insisted on a redo.

“No,” said Clint, “I’m happy with it.”

Said My On-Set Spy: “Leo got upset and demanded that Clint reshoot the scene. Stunned by Leo’s challenging manner, everyone got real quiet. Then Clint turned to the cameraman and said, in a quiet Dirty Harry rasp: ‘He can shoot it again – but make sure there’s no film in the camera.’”

Instantly, Leo lost his temper, screamed: “FORGET IT!” – and stormed off the set. Shooting resumed the next day, but sources say the air’s thick with tension.

[From The National Enquirer, print and online editions]

Seriously, don’t mess with Clint. He’ll cut a bitch, and has, often. The only thing that makes me not believe this story is that Clint is supposed to be one of the greatest directors of actors. Actors love him. They worship him. It’s always a love affair between Clint the director and his cast. But… I’ll tenuously believe this story because although Leo fronts like he’s the King of Hollywood, he still has moments where he’s a punk.

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  1. Solveig says:

    Sounds like BS, I would believe that Leonardo is a perfecionist but I also believe that he trusts enough Clint to accept his decision on filming again on not a scene.

  2. Newbie says:

    I believe Liana. If it really happened, it probably wasn’t as big a deal as it’s being made here.
    I haven’t really liked Eastwood’s movies since Million Dollar Baby. But I’m a fan and I’m hoping this one will be much better. I think Leo is an absolutely underrated actor. Maybe not underrated, but he certainly hasn’t been awarded like he should. Whenever I watch him, I forget that it’s Leonardo DiCaprio. He really disappears into his characters.

  3. honeyv says:

    @Newbie I totally agree with you. He definitely deserves more ..attention. and I don’t fully believe this story either. Something could’ve happened between them, but not like that, I mean, we all know how media is. It exaggerates things up.

  4. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    Its a real cute story really but I dont believe it.

    Having said that, the line “He can shoot it again if he likes, just make sure there is no film in the camera.” Wow, Classic Clint.. love it!!!

  5. Cletus says:

    Clint Eastwood’s movies are bad?

    Sure he’s no MICHAEL BAY or anything but jeez, who can stand up to that level of genius?

  6. Majosha says:

    @echocolate: My Dad is Clint’s age and is still considered a global expert in his particular field of expertise (toxicology). He works ten hour days and still publishes because, as I’m sure is the case with Clint, he loves his work and the challenges that come with it. Your mind doesn’t crumble at that age if you keep it sharp (barring any neurological afflictions, obviously). That said, it’s really touching to hear that you love the elderly. *eye roll*

  7. SC says:

    I didn’t say Clint Eastwood’s movies are bad, just that some of the performances in his movies are bad because he doesn’t know how to direct actors.

    But now that you mention it, he isn’t a particularly good director. In addition to the stuff I said about how he (doesn’t) direct actors, he hasn’t shown any particular talent for storytelling or visuals (and those 3 things are the basic elements of directing). Even his fans describe his directing as workman-like. That’s why you get so many mediocre movies in a row, like Changeling, Gran Torino, Invictus, and Hereafter. He doesn’t know how to pick or develop scripts because of his weaknesses in storytelling.

    But he has a great reputation in Hollywood, and he sometimes can use that reputation to rise above his relative lack of ability. He gets his choice of actors and scripts. If he picks the right set of actors + script, he can make a great movie. He doesn’t even need to come out of his trailer during filming.

  8. Dana M says:

    I love Leo, However, I am Team Clint on this one.

  9. Norman says:

    Clint’s a pro. He’s more likely to ask Leo if he was comfortable with the take and then retake if he wasn’t. The Enquirer is shit. Plain and simple. Lies and shit. Don’t get sucked in.

  10. Iggles says:

    Wow, I didn’t even notice the brown eye contacts at first. It really suits him! I think Leo looks hotter with brown eyes! (weird, but yeah!)

  11. Ari says:

    The enquirer piece made me laugh when Leo freaks out – I can’t even imagine it but I did lol hard

  12. bluhare says:

    #57: Clint doesn’t know how to direct actors?? Ask those who have been nominated for awards and/or won (Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank, Marcia Gay Harden, Sean Penn? and that’s all I can think of without looking it up).

    Not only does he direct and sometimes star in his films, he does the music as well as he’s a noted jazz expert.

    The man is amazing. Leo should shut the hell up and give the man some respect. He just might find himself up for an award.

  13. Sugar says:

    I’ve seen the behind the scenes stuff of Leo (which of course makes me an expert ::roll::) and he did always seems a bit… obsessive about doing it just right.

    Idk, I can see this being true, but I don’t see what the big deal is.

    Personally I think he did too good of a job in the Aviator to not have OCD, maybe that’s part of it… who knows!

  14. Never mess with a man who looks that good at the age of 80.

  15. Justme says:

    Really? Gran Torino was a mediocre movie? Are you serious? I had originally gone to the theatre to see that new (at the time) Jason movie, and it turned out the theatre wasn’t playing it so I ended up seeing Gran Torino instead and wasn’t disappointed in the least bit.
    And yeah, as much as I love Leo, Clint could easily smash him into next week if he wanted to LOL! That is not a man who I’d wanna meet in a dark ally if he was pissed at me.

  16. Zelda says:

    @justme
    Actually I thought so.
    The kids who played his neighbours were TERRIBLE actors, there was quite a lot of forced and unlikely dialogue, and the final scenes were illogical and heavy-handed.
    Quite a big eye-roller for me.
    I think if it hadn’t been an Eastwood film, people would have been harder on it.