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.)

    • Apples says:

      I know! Kind of explains why he catalog shops from Victoria’s Secret for girlfriends- he doesn’t have time!

  3. girlnbayou says:


  4. 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.

    • Esmom says:

      I hear you although I think he was at his peak in The Departed and Blood Diamond. He finally looked grown up and sexy to me. Then it seemed to go straight downhill from there.

  5. 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

    • Sisi says:

      do you use an ipod/iphone? cause I always get errors with my ipod browser (yet sometimes posts are still published). The site works fine from my computer though

      • girlnbayou says:

        I’m on android. Its always really random. pisses me off because I will type a legnthy (for me) post and then I get the yellow caution sign. AAARRG!!

      • Sisi says:

        guess that means it’s CB’s mobile site in general that is giving the problems :(

      • girlnbayou says:

        do you know what I should do? should I change it to full site? CB..!.!.! are you there? are you listening? If so how do I report trouble?

  6. 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

    • Eve says:

      Dude has one big head, doesn’t he? Never thought he was attractive, but he’s been ageing (aging?) badly.

      • Christina says:

        And the thing is – he’s not even ageing! He’s what, 37? About the same age as Alex Skarsgard or Ryan Reynolds, whom nobody would think of as ‘old’.

        Leo should be in his prime now, but instead he looks washed up. That plump, boyish face may have looked adorable 15 or 20 years ago, but just looks hamster-ish and doughy now.

      • QQ says:

        Yes Eve, yes And Tinsy eyes to highlight the big head

      • Val says:

        I think it’s because, unlike other Hollywood men, he doesn’t really work out or pay attention to his diet/looks. Which is a shame, cos he could look REALLY good (as shown in the photoshopped Details pics).
        Instead he walks around in his fug shorts, shoes and caps, eats pizza and drinks beer. You’d think those hyper healthy VS girls would have a positive influence.

  7. Aubra says:

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

  8. 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.

    • Amelia says:

      I think it might be a little bit of an overstatement to say ‘any other British actor’ is better than him.
      I thought he was brilliant in Blood Diamond and Simon Pegg (as much as I love him) is not as accomplished as DiCaprio.
      …I’m being pedantic, aren’t I? Ah well. Clocking off time :)

      • Birdie says:

        you take my words too literal. yeah, i am well aware that there are british actors who are not that talented. and pedantic one way to describe it..

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Ari says:

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

  13. Kaye says:

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

    • andy says:

      + 10

      People on here love to attack him for getting older.

      News flash: All people age. Get over it.

      • Eleonor says:

        I think he is one of the greatest actor out there: he has proven it. I don’t blame him for aging, I blame him for ordering 20 years old blonde girls with the VS app he’s got on his Iphone.

      • Tiffany says:

        @Elenour. Comment of the day. Well said.

    • Sisi says:

      The Departed is one of my favorite movies, Leo is very good in that

    • DreamyK says:

      He was phenomenal in The Aviator and The Departed. I always thought he lowered himself by appearing in that soap opera, Titantic, especially after his turn in Romeo and Juliet. Very intense actor. I like him a lot.

    • blonde on the dock says:

      What’s wrong with him dating lots of women? He’s a single guy. They’re probably falling all over him.

    • 2000 says:

      `douchiness`? Why is he a douche?

      • Minty says:

        This old magazine article shows a douchey side to Leo’s personality:


        It’s a long article that gives examples of his arrogance and sense of entitlement, but the most memorable part for me is the story about Leo, his friend Jay Ferguson, and their pursuit of Elizabeth Berkley (yes, her) circa 1998. They knew she was already in a relationship with actor/screenwriter Roger Wilson. Jay kept calling her at home and harassing her for a date. They even enlisted a publicist to try and pressure her into agreeing to dinner. When Elizabeth’s boyfriend publicly confronted Jay about the stalking, Jay challenged him to fight. Leo instructed his sycophantic friends (AKA The Pussy Posse) to kick Roger’s ass. Classy.

        Leo’s a decent actor, but he’s still a snot. There are plenty of talented celebrities who are also shitty human beings away from the cameras. Perhaps Leo has emotionally matured somewhat since that article was written, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he hasn’t.

        And yeah, he looks like hell now.

      • 2000 says:

        I have seen that article from 1998. So that`s it? An article from 14 years ago?

    • I don’t get why everybody bashes him either. I think he’s one of the best actors in Hollywood, he does charity and I still think he’s good-looking. If he wants to date models, so what?

      • jinni says:

        People used to like Leo on this site almost unanimously until he started dating someone they thought beneath him, aka Blake Lively. When it appeared that he was a willing participant in her PR/naked pic cover up, people began souring on him.

        The same thing happened to Mila Kunis (she’s going with Ashton) and Ryan Gosling (dating Eva Mendez).

  16. 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.

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      Tarantino approves your habit. Maybe you can smoke weed in his cinema though? Has someone ever been there?

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. carrie says:

    great actor but bland photoshopped(?) cover

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. INeedANap says:

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

  23. Nico says:

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

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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 :)

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. judyjudy says:

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. Cookie says:

    Gorgeous as always.

  34. 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. :)