Leo DiCaprio: ‘I saw all the moral decay you could, beginning at 2 years old’

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Wow, Leonardo DiCaprio is seriously campaigning for the Oscar this year. I don’t remember him ever waging this kind of real “campaign” before, not for the other times he was nominated. Maybe he really wants it this year. Maybe he figures that his biggest competition is Matthew McConaughey and why not give Matthew a real run for his money? So, Leo agreed to this Variety Mag cover profile and it’s pretty epic. Leo’s quotes are charming, humble and serious when they need to be. Marty Scorsese sings his praises. Tobey Maguire is called on to fill out the requisite “Leo is the most amazing actor of his generation” profile stuff. It’s a really great piece of Oscar campaigning. You can read the whole thing here, and here are some highlights:

Being a child actor: “When I started acting, I didn’t think of it as a career. I always thought Hollywood was this magical world where a fairy came down and said, ‘Come live with the Munchkins; you are now one of us.’ ” He laughs. “I didn’t understand the concept of it as a career. I thought I would save up enough money to go to college.”

Growing up in “Prostitution Alley”: “I saw all the moral decay you could, beginning at 2 years old. But I also got to see how the other half lived.” That was thanks to a to scholarship to University Elementary School, a magnet program of UCLA, in the tony Westwood section of Los Angeles. His mother would drive him 45 minutes to school and back every day. “I could see that this other world was out there. And if I could only get my shot, I would never waste the opportunity. That mentality and that gratitude are still in me.”

The criticisms of Wolf of Wall Street: “We knew we were doing a movie about incredibly distasteful people, and their likability would be questioned,” DiCaprio acknowledges. “But Marty said, ‘I’ve done a lot of movies like this, and I find that if you’re authentic in your portrayal of their nature and don’t try to give them a false sense of motivation, audiences will go along with you on the journey.’ ”

Why Leo has been going the extra mile to promote WOWS: “I really wanted this movie to succeed, because to me, you don’t see R-rated films like this getting made that aren’t on an epic scale. So I’m glad this film is now in the green. Studios ultimately look at what works and what doesn’t, and greenlight the things that do.”

Turning down a lot of money when he was just a teenager: He was offered “more money than I ever dreamed of” to take a role in the Disney family film “Hocus Pocus.” But he decided he wanted to hold out for a small indie for which he hadn’t even auditioned yet, “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” “I don’t know where the hell I got the nerve,” he says now. “You live in an environment where you’re influenced by people telling you to make a lot of money and strike while the iron’s hot. But if there’s one thing I’m very proud of, it’s being a young man who was sticking to my guns.”

Early fame: “When I was 14, I was on the cover of Bop and Tiger Beat. Every two months, I would see a new kid’s face, and I remember saying, ‘This is not something that lasts very long.’ ”

Leo the producer: “To tell you the truth, my producer cap is a very selfish one. On the road to finding material for myself, we accumulate other things that are interesting. I’m very active in putting a team together, deciding what the focus of the story should be. Because if the right people aren’t chosen from the start, a great idea can turn out very different. But once you give it over to a filmmaker, you have to allow them to do their thing.”

He auditioned for Moulin Rouge: Years earlier, he met with Luhrmann about the role in “Moulin Rogue!” that eventually went to Ewan McGregor. “To be honest, I’m not really prepared to do a musical, simply because I think I have a pretty atrocious voice,” he notes. “But we had a friendly thing where it was me and him and a piano player, and we tried to sing a song together. It didn’t go too well. I think it was ‘Lean on Me,’ and when I hit the high note, he just turned to me.” At this point, DiCaprio affects Luhrmann’s Australian accent, “ ‘Yes, D, I don’t know if this conversation should continue.’ ” With that, DiCaprio dissolves into laughter. “The truth is,” he says, “I honestly feel just so lucky to make movies.”

[From Variety]

There’s a lengthy discussion of his preparation for Gilbert Grape and for his big dramatic breakout in This Boy’s Life. Peppered throughout the piece are some choice bits of information too: Leo’s had the same manager for 20 years, Leo still has an acting coach for tune-ups, Leo is extremely loyal to his business associates and his friends, Leo is An Artist and A Serious Actor. Here’s the thing: I have no doubt that Leo will eventually win an Oscar. He’s very respected in the Hollywood circles that matter, and he turns in consistently good work in films that make money. They’ll give him an Oscar at some point. I just don’t know if they’ll give him an Oscar for WOWS. That being said, I’m enjoying his campaign. We’ll see, Leo. We’ll see.

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Photos courtesy of Yu Tsai/Variety.

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  1. bns says:

    Omg I love him and these pictures are so hot. I think he’s hotter now than he was in the 90s.

    • Leigh says:

      Amazing photos. He looks great.

    • pretty says:

      i don’t kow his face keeps growing horizontally. i mean he hasn’t got fat or bulked up, so i don’t know why his face keeps gorwing like that! jack nicholson style

    • Wiffie says:

      Me too! My brain separates him from the modelizer and I love him as much as I did in middle school.

      I felt so old when I was talking about how hot he was, and this 20 year old I work with horrified. “ew, Leo? He’s so old and gross!” I was more horrified. You’d think I was talking to my mom about Robert Redford or something.

      • mercy says:

        Funny since I think Leo’s model of the moment is a 20 year old.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I think Leo’s hot–it’s an acquired taste. I didn’t like him when he did ‘Titanic’–he was WAY too baby faced for me.

        And Redford’s STILL hot.

      • bns says:

        LOL!

        Well, I’m only 21 and I think he’s hot. Does this mean I have daddy issues?

    • Artemis says:

      What? Cherub Leo was the best in Romeo + Juliet (open hawaiian shirt + cigaret = YES!) and Titanic. Nobody will ever top that kind of beauty, maybe River Phoenix back in his time but he was tragic.

      I just wish he worked out a little bit. 3x/week with some weights. Get rid of that weird fat he’s sporting.

      • alicia says:

        bns: I am pretty sure finding a man 18 years older than you hot does not qualify as daddy issues, unless you think most dads are 18 years old

  2. Mary says:

    Well he certainly deserves one. You say what you want about his personal life, but I don’t think many people can deny he is an amazing actor.

    • Lily says:

      I agree it’s about time

    • Wilma says:

      He is and to me it’s amazing how someone with a face like his (which to me is kind of a weird face) can dissapear like that into his characters. He really is amazing as an actor.

    • BooBooLaRue says:

      Agreed. He is amazing. His Howard Hughes portrait was chilling.

    • Artemis says:

      It’s way past his time tbh. He’s made such good movies in the ’90s. If J-Law won an Oscar for SLP then Leo definitely ‘deserved’ one for his work that was way more challenging. He was so young and so talented!

      His 3 Oscar noms were all for films that were worthy. I do not agree that he ‘deserves’ a win for playing a greedy bastard based on somebody that exists and is still living the good life. Just no! Shut it down :D

      An Oscar isn’t a measure for talent anyway so at this point it would do nothing for his career and it would mean nothing either since it’s a popularity contest. He doesn’t need one and if he wants one, it should be for a film like The Aviator or Gilbert Grape. Challenging roles.

    • Lucinda says:

      I really disliked WOWS but I think he gave an excellent performance. He should have won an Oscar for some other movies so I’m good if he gets it for this one. We all know Oscars aren’t really about the current movie they get nominated for anyway. I read this interesting article the other day that said Oscar came about as a way to promote movie watching. So these young starts getting Oscars right now is all about trying to pull in a younger audience to the theater. It has nothing to do with their acting ability.

  3. V4real says:

    Yep a lot of campaigning going on there but I get it. He wants to win. He’s a playa but I like him. Im not physically attracted to him but the boy has talent and that’s what I like.

    • LB says:

      I agree. I don’t care for his personal life but he’s a great actor. He deserved to win for Gilbert grape and so many movies since then. I hope he wins this year. Matthew M is great but I can’t understand a world where he wins one for acting like he always has (just in a more serious film).

    • Miffy says:

      Yeah, he’s talented and likable, I’m not a die-hard fan but I’m cheering for him and this Oscar.

    • Caz says:

      Yes. This is one of the few interviews where I’ve come away with a favourable impression of him. Whoever is coaching Leo in his oscar campaign is doing an excellent job.

      The days of the posse & him seemingly being with Lukas Haas (is that name right?) are but a distant memory….it makes me smile when celebrities edit their past to suit their current agenda.

  4. Hannah says:

    Talk about a bad cover!

    • Tara says:

      Yeah, I love the quotes, but the cover verges on parody.

    • j says:

      “Leonardo the artist” Oh, dear. I know it’s his name but you can’t go there without people thinking about da Vinci and that’s a comparison you just can’t win. falls flat for me.

      feels like his time, though. good luck, leo.

      • mercy says:

        But he’s a serious artiste! An actress would probably catch a lot more hell for a cover like that, unless it was Meryl or someone of her stature.

    • Miffy says:

      It’s screaming for Seth Rogen or Will Ferrell to parody it. It’s a bit OTT.

  5. GiGi says:

    I’m just now getting around to watching a lot of the nominated films. I have about 20 mins. left of WOWS and I have to say it’s been really good. But I don’t know about the Oscar for the performance. Leo’s a good actor, but the role isn’t exactly meaty, awards-worthy stuff. I mean, he’s very good at pretending to be on ‘ludes, but the role doesn’t call for a lot of range other than being a dbag in general. Good move, good acting (Jonah Hill is a revelation, lol) but not Oscar material.

    • LadyMTL says:

      I agree that his performance isn’t as good as McConaughey’s in DBC but I think Leo has a good chance if you look at his overall body of work vs McConaughey’s.

      If the Academy can give it to Scorsese for one of his lesser projects (The Departed was a very well-done movie but come on, it wasn’t better than Goodfellas!) then maybe they’ll give the Oscar to Leo for WoW as a way of saying “yeah, you’re due.”

      • Tapioca says:

        The “Lifetime Achievement” Oscar is for the body of work, though. The Best Actor Oscar is for the best performance that year. If Matt McShirtlessRomCom is better in DBC than Leo is in WOWS then he should win, regardless of any of their previous work.

        Plus the campaigning puts me off – the performance should speak for itself. Remember Mo’Nique for Precious? She knocked it so far out of the park she didn’t even bother doing any promo for the film!

      • LadyMTL says:

        @Tapioca I totally get what you mean but Scorsese won Best Director for Departed and not for Goodfellas, which is arguably a much better movie. The consensus – what I heard anyway – was that the Academy felt like Scorsese was due for an Oscar and so awarded it for a “lesser” work. That’s sort of what I feel might happen with Leo. Not saying that he deserves it any more or less than McShirtless (love that name, lol) but yeah…he might pull it off because of the feeling that it’s his time to win one.

      • AG-UK says:

        Also Scorrsese was how old? Not approching 40 but was approaching 60. Same with Al Pacino and that stupid woohaaa Scent of a Woman when he should have gotten if for the Godfather. Same with Denzel, should have won for The Hurricane I thought. I thnk if they do for a body of work then might not happen. Who knows not that I really care well I want MM to win but doesn’t change my bank account either way.

      • ceecee says:

        I agree Leo overall work alone should give him an Oscar I think he should have gotten a few 1 for what’s eating gilbert great and basketball diaries both outstanding performances and wolf of wall street was hilarious

    • GreenTurtle says:

      It’s just a shame to me that Chiwetel Ejiofor has been edged out by Leo and McConaughy. I thought he was so splendid in 12 years.

      • Judy says:

        @AG-UK. I share your opinion on Pacino’s performance in Scent of a Woman. Lord, I don’t know why people praise him for that role. It was so excruciatingly overacted. But the nominees that year weren’t that amazing. Personally, I would have chosen Eastwood. Although a pretty cliche role, he was excellent in Unforgiven. It’s one of my favorite movies. I think Oscars are often given for movies that strike a chord in the present, but do not have lasting impact. In my opinion the best performance rarely wins. I remember when Chariots of Fire won. It made me look at the Oscar’s very differently. I thought that Reds was a much better film. But it was pretty boy Beatty, so no Oscar.

      • Artemis says:

        Ugh, I hate SOAW! It was somebody’s favourite film and I don’t understand. I wrote a 6 page rant review on it :) My emotions!

  6. Kali says:

    I’m enjoying his campaign and seeing him campaigning. For so long, he’s given the impression of being “above-it-all” so to actually see him hustle is really interesting. Not quite sure if this will be the role to get him over the line, so to speak, but it will happen.

  7. BendyWindy says:

    That’s a good read. Also it seems like they airbrushed a few pounds off of him,which is nice to see done to a man for a change.

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      I wonder if Leo is the Blind about the A Lister wearing a girdle!

      Leo just rubs me the wrong way with his bloated bacchanalian “Pussy Posse” wanna be Rat Pack try hard, so I for one am not at all surprised Leo Baby isn’t ready for his Close Up.

      Yeppers, BendyWendy! *schadenfreude*

      • Ericka Lyn says:

        Does anyone remember the 90′s rumors about Leo being gay?? I know its easy to label anyone gay in hollyweird BUT I often wonder if the “player” persona was created as a cover?

  8. GlimmerBunny says:

    They certainly SHOULD give him an Oscar for WOWS. One of his best performances to date and I’ve seen every single one of his movies!

  9. JojoAnn says:

    His campaign is getting on my last nerve. So damn transparent.

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      Mc Conaughey ‘s campaigning harder almost à la Ben Affleck

      • Chrissy says:

        Or Anne Hathaway last year on the actress side. I was
        embarrassed for her.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        AnnE was worse, because towards the end she just got REALLY desperate. Like she started out saying she wouldn’t talk about how she lost the weight, because she didn’t want young girls to emulate that. Well, guess what happened a month before the Oscars??? Ol’ Anne’s telling a major magazine (I wanna say Vogue or Vanity Fair) that she just ‘had to stop eating’, and only ate a little oatmeal paste (whatever that means) a day. When she made it a point, to say in an interview (when she could’ve vetoed the question), that she didn’t want to talk about how she lost the weight.

        Then there was her interrupting the producer’s speech, hugging up on Amanda (who had a ‘get off of me’ look on her face) Seyfried while the producer was making his speech, then the faux baby voice at the Oscars, as well as the f-ckery that was her Oscar dress.

        That’s what annoyed me, not the campaigning really. Don’t pretend like you don’t want it.

      • Miffy says:

        The faux baby voice, dear God, the faux baby voice.
        ‘It came true’, as she batted back fake tears. I have never wanted to throw something at the tv so badly.
        Now, if Leo takes tips from her and starts talking in a baby voice well, frankly, that’s something I just want to see. Even if it’s only for 3 seconds.

    • Ericka Lyn says:

      I disagree. I think he’s reached a point as an adult to pat himself on the back. He is clearly humble and gracious., not to mention very private. With campaigning you have to really put yourself out there, for years he has held back on doing just this.

      If this was someone at work vying for a higher position at work, head of the PTA, sunday school teacher, applying for a volunteer position, etc, it all comes with putting yourself out there while highlighting your “best”. We all have the capabilities of observing and analyzing to form assumptions about others. Our opinions of them come with a meter ranging from 1-10. From 5-10 the level becomes annoying, but from 1-5 passes as tolerable.

      My drawn out point is, this big hoopla on campaigning, giving interviews, doing promo, comes with this line of work. So any form of ridicule stems from a place of jealousy over a person going after what they want. Everyone has dreams, only a small percentage make their dreams a reality. But it really isn’t this serious, right? My tone hopefully doesn’t come across too bitchy, but then again this is celebitchy!

  10. Kimmy says:

    If it’s not Chewy, I want it to be Leo. I just cAnt with Matthew McConaughey. JuSt can’t. Matthew plays himself in every single movie and as good as DBC was, it was still the se character that was in Dazed and Confused, How lose a guy in 10 days, Failure to Launch, etc.

    • Greata says:

      I agree, If Chewitel does not win, then please give it to Leo. His body of work is deserving of it. Matthew is a one trick pony.

      • Sloane Wyatt says:

        A very sexy little Show Pony though!

        I’d love to see the ‘tricks” MattyMac can get up to. Forget the hairpiece though, rubbing his shiny bald pate on my – uh – …. never mind!

        C’mon Kimmy, who can resist that smooth southern style, not to mention my Matty’s tragic allergy to shirts?

        How can you forget his naked bangin’ on the bongos like a chimpanzee? The Texan Dude, now THAT’S the way you do it!

        Greata, honey, King Baby Leo’s got nothin’ on my dazed and confused lovah!

      • Kimmy says:

        Lol @ Sloane. :)

      • mercy says:

        I used to think that about MM. He never appealed to me as an actor, hunky guy, or personality. He still doesn’t do much for me on a personal level, but he’s shown me something as an actor this year. If he wins, it will be because he campaigned and the studio backed his movie to the hilt, but also because he deserves it. Ejiofor is still my first choice, though.

  11. lucy2 says:

    I like him as an actor, but he’s campaigning awfully hard for this. Not quite at Hathaway levels yet though.

  12. Hiddles forever says:

    This is the only cover and interview of Leo that I enjoyed in twenty years. At least he is not photoshopped (or if he is, congrats to the photoshopper!) and he comes across as genuine.

    Maybe Leo’s time for an Oscar has come.

  13. Meme says:

    Love Leo. Always gives a good/great performance and he’s not an asshole.

  14. MooHoo says:

    I enjoyed WofWS and thought Leo was very good. Leo is a great actor and his day at the Oscars will come. But not for this movie (I hope).
    I caught Dallas Buyers Club the other night and I was so convinced by Matthew Mc. I forgot that this was the Matthew Mc, a guy that was considered little more than a lightweight pretty boy who did mainly comedies and after-shave ads. I really enjoyed that film and it didn’t go over the top pulling on the heart strings. It kept its humour the whole time. For me, Matthew Mc really deserves it this year.

  15. Kiddo says:

    I like Leo as an actor. I just can’t with WOWS. I have no desire to see a film about a douche from Wall Street, no offense to Leo.

    • LadySlippers says:

      Ditto. They are plenty of selfish jerks in the real world so I tend not to want to see one on film.

      • Kiddo says:

        I saw an interview with the subject of the film. He is getting off way too much on Leo playing him, etc. Vomitous on the whole thing.

      • Lele25 says:

        And on top of that, WOW was boring. I walked out half way through. It just seemed like it was trying too hard to be edgy, and that there was nothing authentic about the material.

        I will say I thought Leo’s performance was believable, but yuck. I don’t know why he would help glorify some jerk.

  16. Len says:

    I think it’s a real shame if Matthew M gets one before Leo. Leo is leaps and bounds a far better actor.

    • Meme says:

      Exactly. MM was good in DBC but nothing extraordinary especially compared to Jared Leto’s brilliant performance.

  17. Sloane Wyatt says:

    I can’t with WOWS. I’VE HAD IT TO HERE WITH EVIL IRL. I don’t need to sit through a celebration of it and support it with my money or time. Better luck next time modelizer.

    Leonardo DiCaprio should have won the Oscar for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Period.

    Run, don’t walk to see this gem with award winning stellar cast at the height of their powers. – http://hppr.org/post/live-interview-actress-darlene-cates-wsot

    See it for the luminously world weary RL Darlene Cates – “I wish everyone that’s kind of hiding away at home still could understand or could have the same experience that I did….I had to make a choice, I could stay where I was and be miserable, or I could take a risk and do something exciting.” – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0146055/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

    • Redheadwriter says:

      Agree. Leo in WEGG was phenomenal.

    • mercy says:

      I wish they still made more movies like Gilbert Grape, or even Basketball Diaries, which was flawed but featured amazing performances. Wolf was as artfully done as you would expect with any Scorsese film, but I cringe at comparisons to Taxi Driver or any of his great works. The subject really was beneath him.

  18. Neffie says:

    Leo has been robbed several times at the top of my head ‘whats eating gilbert grape’-Basket Ball Diaries-Blood Diamond-The Departed-The Aviator etc he is owed several oscars.

    • MooHoo says:

      doesn’t mean he should get it for this one though. I agree that he was world class in those old roles though and would rather see him win it where it is merited rather than because it’s “his turn” as sometimes seems to be case with the oscars (nic kid, julia roberts)

    • mercy says:

      Lots of great actors haven’t been recognised. Robert Redford has a solid body of work that spans almost 50 years and gave a career best in All is Lost, but wasn’t even nominated this year. Gary Oldman has been overlooked more times than I can count. At least Leo gets nominated.

    • Artemis says:

      I’m not ready for the Leo Oscar meme to die yet. If he loses, it will be the most glorious gif of them all!

  19. JoJo says:

    I think he is one of the best, most consistently solid actors around. Wish he would try some new types of films at this point – fewer period pieces” – but still, I’ll watch anything he’s in. I also really like that he “gets it.” When he shows up to awards shows, he’s interesting but totally professional. When accepting awards, he strikes a great balance – he doesn’t do the whole ridiculous, “omg, F”&@$$! …” nor does he simply list a bunch of names to thank. He says something relatively interesting, then thanks a few people and leaves the stage. I don’t care about his frat boy/younger G Clooney ways. He can live his life however he wants. I just think he will go down as one of the most talented actors if his generation. This isn’t to say he hasn’t had flops – who hasn’t! (Have you seen much of Matt Damon’s recent work?) But overall, his body if work is very good and you can rely on him for consistently good/great performances.

  20. Penny says:

    I’d be happy if Leo finally won, especially as I think winning for this role might encourage him to play some looser, more fun characters more often, but does he really have a chance this year given Matthew’s won just about everything else? I feel like if there’s going to be a surprise, it will be Chiwetel, and only if 12YAS get’s shut out of other categories.

  21. Jayna says:

    That was a great interview, no pretension like you hear so often from actors. That cover photo is spectacular. I love his hand so prominent in the photo, because I love men’s hands. I love the close-up, the angle, his lines on his forehead not airbrushed, a photo of a real man. I love this type of photography. It is really a beautiful photo. It reminds me a little of the Liam Neeson photo done a few years ago when he did the interview about losing Natasha, with the up-close photo the way the hand was placed, and the grittiness of the black and white photo.

    http://www.esquire.com/features/liam-neeson-0311

  22. lady mary. says:

    Leo gives really good interviews when he gives one ,i rmbr one where he talked abt ; on his way to Russia to meet President Putin, his flight almost crashed ,and then at the conferrence when he met Putin ,” he asked Leonardo DiCaprio to stand up. He recounted the whole story. And then at last, speaking in Russian, he pronounced DiCaprio a “nastoyashi muzhik”:

    http://www.esquire.com/features/leonardo-dicaprio-interview-0513
    pretty good interview,hope wins this time

  23. Lark says:

    He is a great actor. However, his semi-new narrative of having grown up in the worst hood is ridiculous. He grew up in Echo Park and Silver Lake and went to Marshall. Yes, back in the day both used to be really rough (although they had their nice parts) and Echo Park to this day has a kind of gang issue. Now Silver Lake is an upscale hipster central and the hipsters are invading Echo Park. But compared to South-Central, Boyle Heights, hell even Elysian Park it was pretty damn safe. My cousins are his age and grew up in Echo Park and think he’s FOS. You could walk alone at night (as long as it wasn’t that late) without fear of getting jumped. Compare that to South-Central, where people get shot in broad freakin’ daylight or Boyle Heights. I know someone who grew up in Boyle Heights and up until ten years ago she didn’t like to be outside at all, even driving home, if it was dark. Anyway, his exaggerations are ridiculous to anyone who is familiar with the area and shows how damn thirsty he is for the Oscar. He was great in WOWS, but he has no chance against an old-timer like Bruce (and apparently Jack is campaigning for him), Matthew, or Chiwetel.

    • strawberry says:

      I can’t with his humble posturing.

      I don’t buy his whole I-grew-up-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-railroad-tracks-and-I-just-love-making-movies-and-golly-gee-whiz-isn’t-this-swell thing he’s trying to put on.

      Because really he’s more like Jordan Belfort these days than he is like Jack Dawson. For one thing, it’s like he’s acting like all his money and power in Hollywood don’t exist and he’s just some nomadic artist who lives movie to movie. Complete BS. Also, he (and the journalists interviewing him) act like he hasn’t been a douchebag, like during his Pussy Posse days, when the general impression was that he was acting like a Jordan Belfort kind of character. (And really, he still dates models like he thinks they’re interchangeable dolls, not actual, individual human beings — so I still think he’s pretty douchey.)

      So why is he acting like he’s an innocent poor kid, or like some “artist” who goes whichever way the wind blows? Come on, Leo. You’re basically part of the Hollywood establishment now, Oscar or no.

      ETA: Giving him the benefit of the doubt that he probably does not deserve… I think he’s trying to find some kind of midpoint between Jay Gatsby and Jordan Belfort to explore in future characters. I dunno. What would a Jack Dawson be like once he’s established and settled?

  24. dread pirate cuervo says:

    I think he’s a terrific actor but he’s never done it for me physically. & I hated Titanic. I think he’s probably been overlooked for his work bc of his celebrity & youth. Is he even 40 yet? I think he’s campaigning this time bc if he wins, he wants to win for working with Marty.

    • Esmom says:

      He’s never done it for me physically with one exception: The Departed. I don’t know what it was but he made my knees weak.

      Titanic was the WORST, thank you. But I also agree he’s a really great actor.

  25. Melissa says:

    Ugh he gives me the creeps. He’s really harping on about the five seconds of his life that he wasn’t rich for lately, who is he looking for sympathy from? His parents were supportive and he was cast in a movie with DeNiro in his mid-teens, life can’t have been that hard.

    • strawberry says:

      Seriously, right?! He was THE most exciting young actor of his generation, and he was in the most successful romantic epic of the past 20 years. Who’s he trying to kid?

      Rooting for Chiwetel or Matthew this year.

  26. Anne says:

    Delurking for the first time ever today to say this:
    He does not deserve to win this year. Chiwetel Ejiofor deserves it. Campaigning for an award is beyond ridiculous in my mind because then it has nothing to do with your talent but how well you swept the judges off their feet. It’s being awarded for being the most likable or popular.

  27. toto says:

    He looks like Burt Reynolds in this photos .

  28. AnnieCL says:

    Man, he’s got a big head!

  29. lunchcoma says:

    I don’t think Oscars should be given for someone’s cumulative work, so I’m not in Leo’s camp this year (he’ll have other chances, with more substantial roles, in better movies), but I did really enjoy this interview. It doesn’t seem like he gives that many interviews, but I’ll give the man credit: when he does, he has a really good idea of what’s interesting about him and what people might like to read.

  30. Grant says:

    He is and will always be so, so sexy to me.

  31. Megan says:

    He is extremely likable in this campaign and I think he is a terrific actor and seems like a decent enough guy (assuming you don’t date him). I hope he wins an Oscar one day but if he wins this year I will be enraged. He was wonderful in WOWS but not Oscar good, especially compared to Chiwitel and Matthew. This isn’t Leo’s year.

  32. GeeMoney says:

    Love Leo, and I honestly think he deserved the Oscar for The Aviator (but I can’t complain, b/c Jamie Foxx was just too good as Ray Charles that year). The man is overdue for an Oscar, as we all know, but I don’t think it’s his year.

    I personally would really like to see McConaughey win. I’ve always liked him as an actor, and I think he deserves it.

  33. cro-girl says:

    I think he is one of the best actors out there these days. I have a feeling his portrayal of Gatsby isn’t too far from his true self.

  34. Happy21 says:

    I didn’t follow his career since the beginning. I stopped watching Growing Pains about the time he was cast and didn’t see Titanic until only a few years ago. To me he was too pretty and I didn’t find that attractive. Then I saw The Departed. Then I realized what I’ve been missing. I’ve since become a HUGE fan and find him so-so hot the older he gets. He has aged from a boy into a man and I welcome it.

    I don’t much care for his personal life and I think it is the way it is because he is such a serious actor and doesn’t want a woman to get in the way of that.

    I read the whole Variety article and he never fails to impress me by how articulate and humble he is. He is truly one of those actors who believes he is and really is making art. He researches, he reads, he watches. There aren’t many out there who succeed in this way.

    He is a fabulous actor and while I have seen pretty much every movie nominated this year and I loved McConaughey in DBC, I think that this is Leo’s year. I personally thought that his role in Django was the best I’ve seen out of him but he didn’t win for that so I think this is his turn.

  35. Pinchofsalt says:

    Leo comes across as level-headed, eloquent and although he comes across as ‘guarded’ as he is hounded in his private life, there is a sense of fun about him and tons of charisma. He has chosen his roles well over the years and has always been amazing in all his movies. I think he is a very private person and it is great to see a glimpse of the man behind the scenes – he is grounded, honest and seems like a sincere and genuine person. I think he delivers yet another remarkable performance in WOWS, differing from his normal serious roles, which shows his incredible diversity. If anyone deserves to win the Oscar for Best Actor in a Lead Role this year, it’s Leonardo DiCaprio.

  36. Monksolo says:

    I always like him, and I hate everyone

    • Tulip Garden says:

      LOL!
      In your defense, people tend to make hatin’ on ‘em easy, you can ALWAYS find something. At least with Leo, you’d have to look really long and hard and it just ain’t worth it :)

  37. Bec215 says:

    It seems he’s chasing the Oscar now so hard, that his “try” is actually getting in the way of winning. Howard Hughes, for example – I winced at how bad he tried to make that ‘the’ movie that would win it. Then it was J Edgar Hoover (enough said). Then Gatsby, where he was just flat-out miscast. I haven’t seen WoWS yet, and I’m on the fence – basically Dicaprio is playing an exaggerated version of himself, which may actually work. And maybe this is why he is pushing so hard, because like Tom Cruise in Valkerie, Leo is always Leo on screen, no matter who he’s playing… and if you can’t forget who the actor is, is it acting?

    • mercy says:

      You’re right about J. Edgar, though I thought he did a pretty good job all things considered. He should’ve got an Oscar for Arnie in Gilbert Grape. That was a role he really lost himself in and let the character take over. But I still find him very watchable, even when he’s miscast or it’s hard to separate him from his character.

      I used to dismiss the ‘Leo is desperate for an Oscar’ talk. There was a time when he seemed like the farthest thing from a try hard. He didn’t seem to go after awards bait, and he let the his people do most of the heavy campaigning. I preferred that guy, but the business has changed and maybe he has, too.

      The performances are the only thing that really matters, though, and of the films I’ve seen this year, the actor awards should go to Ejiofor or McConaughey. Leo has had access to the best of everything and has given many solid performances over the years, but Ejiofor and MM were better this year.

      • Karolina says:

        I agree, he should have definitely gotten a Oscar for Arnie in Gilbert Grape.

      • stinky says:

        dang! i totally thought he DID get one for that role. oh my. what a shame. he was simply unforgetable. well i thought he was fierce in Basketball Diaries as well. seriously. he brought it as an addict – bigtime.

  38. Karolina says:

    Leo can do no wrong in my book. I grew up with him as an actor. I was mesmerized by Romeo & Juliet when I was just 11, 12 years old because of him and Claire Danes and they are still to this day one of my favorite actors.

  39. ItSetsYou says:

    Whoa, if he doesn’t get to play Lenin I have no idea who could! He looks so much like Lenin now.

  40. glaugh says:

    he’s just the best.

  41. Zooyork says:

    He’s hot.

  42. cynicalsmirk says:

    I like him. Can’t help it. I’ve enjoyed almost all of his movies. And say what you will about the Pussy Posse and Leonardo DiCatchaho, at least he doesn’t have a string of ex-wives and ignored children behind him.

  43. chris says:

    Well, he needs to campaign hard to cover for stories that the film is financed by some corrupt family from Malaysia. I wonder if they regret taking the money now. Pity because I love him but on principle since I’m from Malaysia and remembers how one of the producer, Riza’s stepdad and mom’s scandal of huge kickbacks and murder case. I pray that he didn’t win.

  44. Sara says:

    I actually really enjoy his movies and I think he’s a good actor. Wolf of Wall street wasn’t as good as American Hustle but it was close.

  45. MD says:

    Ugly cover. His face is so fat and he looks so old. His interviews are boring.

  46. DottieDot says:

    He wants to be the next Jack Nicholson.