THR: Leonardo DiCaprio is ‘arguably the only global superstar left’, true or false?

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of HBO's 'Ice On Fire' held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on June 5, 2019 in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency)

I keep waiting to see if Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio will both do separate, in-depth interviews to promote Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I’m probably going to be waiting a while, right? Because so far, the promotional tour for OUATIH has just been Leo, Brad, Margot Robbie and Quentin Tarantino, all together and talking and joking around. While Leo’s brand isn’t “in depth interview,” I did expect to see something from Brad. It won’t happen. Instead we’re getting stuff like this Hollywood Reporter piece. The piece is “His Brand Is Excellence”: How Leonardo DiCaprio Became Hollywood’s Last Movie Star. It’s just as ass-kissy as you would think, and it paints Leo as some kind of Hollywood savant, a Jack Nicholson-type figure, a giant among peasant TV stars. Leo didn’t even have to agree to an interview for THR to kiss his ass like this. In fact, declining an interview was seen as on-brand for what they wrote. Some highlights from the piece:

Titanic made him a household name, but what he’s done since then added to his power: Fast-forward 22 years, and DiCaprio remains a global movie star, one whose consistent bankability and acclaim set him apart from his peers. In fact, he is arguably the only global superstar left in a film industry in which an interchangeable group of actors regularly suit up in spandex or brandish a lightsaber for the latest billion-dollar earner — only to be ignored by audiences outside of franchises. Unlike waning megastars like Will Smith, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert Downey Jr., DiCaprio sits alone atop the Hollywood pantheon without ever having made a comic book movie, family film or pre-branded franchise. Leo is the franchise.

Tarantino on Leo: “One of the things I like about Leo is he just doesn’t plug himself into two movies a year,” says Tarantino, drawing an unstated comparison with current stars like Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, who are omnipresent on social media as well as in multiplexes. “He kind of stands alone today, like Al Pacino or Robert De Niro were in the ’70s, where they weren’t trying to do two movies a year — they could do anything they wanted, and they wanted to do this. So that means this must be pretty good.”

Leo has a good picker: In an age of brand management, DiCaprio has cultivated a brand “of excellence,” says Sony film chief Tom Rothman, amid an industry where “brand” these days usually means Marvel, DC or Lucas. “What is remarkable about Leo is his consistency,” says Rothman, who first worked with DiCaprio on Romeo + Juliet and Titanic at Fox. “If he’s in it, the audience knows it’s going to be good because he’s in it. I mean, when is he not great? But that’s not an accident. He works his ass off.”

Everyone wants to work with Leo: Among his compatriots, DiCaprio is by far the one most coveted by studio heads and top-tier directors, offering that rare blend of prestige (three of his past five films have been nominated for best picture) and box office prowess (those same films earned a combined $1.8 billion worldwide). While Smith is doing Netflix originals and a Disney remake, Lawrence is on a cold streak and Downey only makes money as Tony Stark, DiCaprio continues to choose films that would seem risky on paper — typically R-rated, longer than 2½ hours and with budgets topping $80 million — bets that have paid off and given him an unrivaled amount of power.

Leo’s not in everybody’s faces & he stays on the big screen: While modern stars scramble to maintain a constant presence and relevance via social media and nonstop work spanning all platforms, DiCaprio as an actor sticks to cinema (he hasn’t acted for the small screen since a 1992 appearance on Growing Pains). Rather than using Twitter for self-promotion, he offers his 19.1 million followers updates on the Waorani tribe’s efforts to protect the Amazon from oil drilling or to promote vegan burgers.

The Mysterious Leo: Off-camera, DiCaprio has maintained a carefully crafted air of mystery. Some crewmembers on Once Upon a Time were instructed to avoid making eye contact with him, according to an on-set source… DiCaprio rarely talks about his personal life or even his career and typically promotes a film only in partnership with the director (he declined to be interviewed for this piece). Despite being one of the most photographed men in the world, hopping on a Citi Bike in New York or hanging out vaping with supermodels, little is known about his day-to-day life.

[From THR]

First, some genuine praise for Leo: I appreciate that he’s not in our faces or getting into social media beefs. Less is more. Of course, that could be explained more by his age than any “carefully crafted” air of mystery. I also do believe that he generally should be applauded for his choices in scripts and directors, as well as image-management. That being said, Guy Lodge did a great thread on why Leo really isn’t all that adventurous – he sticks with established & respected male directors and big-budget studio films, he hasn’t worked with a female director since 1995 and he doesn’t really use his Hollywood power to pay it forward and/or work with truly risky new artists.

Also: I would consider Brad Pitt one of the “dying breed” movie stars too, and though I’m loathe to give Brad credit for much these days, I think Brad has done smarter and more interesting things with his career than Leo. Brad’s Plan B develops some really great smaller films and he works to produce films written and directed by artists of color and women. Granted, Brad doesn’t have Leo’s box office record in front of the camera, but make no mistake – both men could walk into any studio and get any film greenlighted. Brad has just used that power to get movies like Moonlight, 12 Years a Slave, If Beale Street Could Talk, The Big Short and Selma made.

Leonardo DiCaprio attends The HBO Documentary "Ice on Fire"in Los Angeles

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  1. runcmc says:

    Wow that is a super ass-kissy article! And I love how they take the opportunity to thrown Will smith, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert Downey JR under the bus. Why even do that?!?! What, their Leo hard-on can’t exist if anybody else is a successful movie star?

    • A random commenter says:

      RDJ is killing it. He came back from severe addiction, prospects in the toilet to a great career making more money than he can spend in 20 lifetimes. He’s a global movie star, it’s just that what that looks like isn’t the same as it used to be. Not killing it? THR with this bizarre ass-kiss. Good luck getting any of those they shat on to give them the time of day.

      • noway says:

        I immediately thought of RDJ too. Plus unlike some of the other actors mentioned in this article as Leo’s star peers, RDJ can act as well as Leo. RDJ is really unique in that he has had so many ups and downs and not all related to his addiction. He was fired from SNL as a really young man and was more of a comedic actor when he started, then he does Chaplin. Which got him nominated for an Oscar. He has some ups and downs while heavily addicted and then his addiction becomes center stage, and he’s arrested and fired and then can’t get cast in anything. Manages to get himself clean and gets cast as Iron Man. He was a really good actor in a super hero role. Now I just did a kiss-ass piece for RDJ haha, but how is he who leads billion dollar box office movies many many time is not a true superstar. Please this story is crazy. Neither Leo nor RDJ will be the last one either.

      • perplexed says:

        I think of RDJ as an action star now. He took most of his risks when he was younger.

        I think Leonardo does take some risks in terms of not bothering with a franchise. I feel movie stars take on franchise roles just to keep themselves famous (i.e would anyone care who Chris Evans is if he didn’t do a franchise?), In that sense, I get why Leonardo might be seen as slightly different, regardless of whether you think he can act or not. I think Leonardo is able to open a movie that isn’t attached to a comic book series. He was able to open that movie about a bear, which on paper sounds super boring to me. He could have coasted on being a teen heartthrob, but he didn’t. I think he has constructed his career the way he wanted to rather than following other people’s advice naively.

        I think someone like Christian Bale does take risks, but I have no idea if he’s liked globally or can open a movie, and in the end he did have to do a franchise. I think the combination of being able to make money globally while doing a more artistic-type film is what makes Leo a little different.

    • Loretta says:

      It’s huge IMO that Jennifer Lawrence has been placed on the same level as stars like DiCaprio, Will Smith and RDJ. This shows once again the unique position she occupies among her peers, counting that she has only been acting for 12 years and she’s not even 30 years old.
      She’s one of a kind.

      • runcmc says:

        And she takes WAY more risks than Leo. And they named her in the article. Soooo… how is he the last “global superstar”?

        Man this article annoys me on lots of levels.

      • noway says:

        My only reason not being all with you on Jennifer Lawrence is her age. Compared to all the other men mentioned she’s still young, and if she stays in the game and doesn’t get aged out cause she’s a woman I’ll be with you. There was a few other women who could have been there Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, but they did lose their gravitas with age. Plus, I don’t really see her as being able to go into any studio and make any movie she wants yet. Not sure any studio let’s a woman do that, and it kind of stinks though.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        But she isn’t a GLOBAL superstar. She just isn’t. And that is backed up by her numbers.

      • Busyann says:

        The article says Jlaw is waning because she is. She hasnt had a movie out in over a year and even prior to that her movies were not pulling the draw that they used to. I like her and always have but both things can be true, she can be a great actress but also have a career that is stalling.

    • Esme says:

      Honestly, I agree with the article, if not with its tone. Leo consistently picks good, if conventional, movies. He knows himself… and not everyone is made for the avant-garde.
      Will Smith is over. RDJ picks middling projects as a producer… compare his producing record with Pitt’s and you can see the difference. J-Law seems a bit lost without David O Russell, sadly. Angelina and Cruise are global movie stars stuck in the action groove, with their dramatic chops going mostly underused. Meryl bores everyone by now.
      Nicole Kidman is the only one who has it all, now that I think about it… great movies, experimental movies, occasional tv.
      Leo and Kidman are the last ones?

      • Becks1 says:

        Also, the article specifically refers to Leo’s success WITHOUT doing comic book movies. Of course RDJ makes billions at the box office, but would he if he wasn’t Tony Stark?

  2. Iknow says:

    I had the same thoughts. Starring in a Scorsese film isn’t that risky. Like you, I’m loathe to admit that Brad Pitt that Brad has done more with his star power.

  3. Ai says:

    False. He isn’t as relevant as he thinks he is.

    • StartupSpouse says:

      Or as good of an actor as he thinks he is.

      • minime says:

        I can’t really understand it, he is sooooo bland and boring. There are some exceptions but most of his characters always look the same, have no sex-appeal and show no chemistry with the female counterparts. I wouldn’t really say that he “picks” good movies, but that he’s offered all the good parts by these classical white (mostly old) directors. He gets mostly really rich and strong scripts. It’s not like we see him risking much.

      • StartupSpouse says:

        +1 Some of his earlier movies were good, but in the last 10 years or so his performances are so wooden – like he’s bored.

        My husband had Shutter Island on the other night and we both kept laughing at him. He was awful.

  4. Sarah says:

    Oh WOW. Having just come from the Boris Johnson story sobbing into my tea (I’m British) this made me LAUGH. Is the THR piece legit or double bluff type mocking? Just what I needed, thank you Kaiser.

    • Keotwin says:

      you’re probably asking rhetorically but it’s a great example of the hired PR guns successfully pitching, pushing, and selling a marketing story for the new film to the publication. Leo retains his mystery and the only ones talking are the director and a suit, i think (haven’t read the whole thing).

  5. Lucy says:

    Leo, Brad, Julia, Angelina, George are the last of the great movie stars. None of them except Julia are on social media and they’re not known for their pap strolls. All have Oscars and all have iconic roles. And huge box office successes.

    • SallyS says:

      Brad doesn’t have an acting Oscar.

    • Becks1 says:

      I agree, except that I think George does like a good pap stroll lol. But yeah, Leo, Brad, Julia, George – they are the last great movie stars.

      • Tulip says:

        (sniffs) That’s what they said about Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks.

      • noway says:

        I disagree George and Julia can’t really open a movie very well. Hell they can’t even do it together. Julia used to, but not anymore and I don’t think George ever could. George other than the Ocean’s movies and bit parts in Gravity type movies isn’t really a bankable movie star. He may not use social media, but he’s the epitome of his image gets him stuff. Sorry if you are going with the true acting stars you have to add Jamie Foxx, Will Smith, RDJ, and sorry to say Johnny Depp- although that is waining, but if he had a hit film it wouldn’t. Now for box office movie star it’s probably Dwayne Johnson and RDJ the most. Although RDJ will be interesting where he goes after Marvel. He could go either way, big box office pull or creative acting gems we’ll see.

      • Becks1 says:

        Jamie Foxx and will Smith don’t have the consistent record of box office success that Leo has. Will smith did probably 10 years ago, but he’s had some big flops since then. And, he has done comic book movies, which again, is part of the point of the article. Leo has had major success WITHOUT turning to Marvel or Disney (Depp was not considered a huge box office draw until Pirates.)

    • Grant says:

      I’d throw Sandra Bullock in there over Angelina.

      • Lee says:

        @ Becks: Will Smith has a huge box office hit currently in theaters – Aladdin.

      • nikki says:

        Interesting! She’s been in a lot of big movies, hasn’t she?

      • Becks1 says:

        @Lee – yes, but that’s been his first monster hit in a long time. Remember that awful Netflix movie he did?

    • Lowrider says:

      Leo is on social media, Angelina and Brad are renowned for their pap strolls!

    • nikki says:

      Is Tom Hanks too old to be a global superstar?? After his long career with many hits, I’ll bet he’s pretty famous worldwide.

      • L84Tea says:

        That was my thought too. Tom Hanks has consistently made big money-making films for years. He’s basically been indestructible since the mid 90’s.

    • melone says:

      I think Sandra should also be included in this list.

      Heck, I think I’d rank her over Julia and Angelina at this point. She’s got an Oscar too, has had multiple box office successes, can greenlight a film, and isn’t on social media either.

  6. Mia4s says:

    LMAO!!! Wow Leo’s publicist is getting his bonus this year for arranging this article!!

    There is some truth to it, but Guy Lodge is right on. His choices aren’t challenging or all that interesting (that’s why his Oscar was for “Physical” challenges in the Revenant, not spectacular acting. Also, he was just due, because that’s how Oscars really work). But then again, that’s why he’s a star. Old boys club, not too risky.

    Side-eyed the hell out of the “no eye contact” thing tough. Too many women over 25 around Leo? 🙄

    • AB says:

      Agree, especially on the eye contact thing. Can you imagine if an actress did that? There’d be “DIVA” headlines for the rest of her life.

    • Jegede says:

      He actually took risks early in his career.

      And made far more interesting choices.😐😐

      Titanic changed all that.

      But Dicaprio is a global superstar.

      I don’t believe for a second that anyone but Leo, could have made a movie about men and grunting bears clock $500 million worldwide.

      • Pixie says:

        I agree with you, the Revenant definitely couldn’t have been made without Leo. I think a couple of his other movie choices would have been risky to any other actor that isn’t as big a star. Like, movies like Revolutionary Road would have been way too risky without Leo and Kate. Same with the bio of J Edgar Hoover. I think it mostly seems like he is not taking risks, because movies stop being a risk when he signs up because people will likely go see it.

      • Becks1 says:

        I was actually worried that Titanic was going to kill his career, bc he didn’t want to be a heartthrob. Weird to say but he “bounced back” from being in one of the biggest movies of all time, LOL.

      • Eliza says:

        I totally think you could have dropped Matt Damon being mauled by a bear and gotten the same love. It was the director and cinematographer that made that movie, sorry actors.

    • Eliza says:

      Epsteins team paid for content articles to be written post sentencing about how great he was and the actual writer was his PR firm and a journalist was paid $600 to put name and byline. How many times you think that really happens?

      Leos charities are famous for saying they’re donating but not giving that amount later. And there was some money issues with the charity. The eco warrior who travels only by private jets and yachts half the year with just legal (that we know of) models. Not one question about anything negative around him? Hi Leos PR team, we know he wants another Oscar, thanks for the article!

  7. Eliza says:

    I haven’t seen most of his movies. So yeah I’m not sold on his star power.

  8. Rapunzel says:

    Honestly, Tom Cruise is probably a more global superstar. He may be a joke in the US, but he still gets strong international returns, which is why he keeps jumping out of planes.

    • Mia4s says:

      Hmmmmm. Cruise is a bit of a question mark. He does only one thing now (Mission Impossible 9, 10, 11 and variations there on). And his domestic box office record is REALLY sketchy. I am not sure he could pull the numbers DiCaprio does is straight drama. I’m not sure Cruise is sure either, which is why he will only do one thing and not take even the tiniest risk.

    • Jegede says:

      Outside of Mission Impossible, Cruise movies don’t do much anymore.

      Sadly cause Cruise actually rocketed to fame/acclaim, with great dramedies and was not an action man a la most stars of the 80s.

      • DS9 says:

        The only reason we have a new Top Gun movie, in which Tom Cruise is front and center and not an old guy passing the torch is because Tom Cruise is a global superstar.

      • Jegede says:

        Tom Cruise is a global superstar in one franchise only – Mission Impossible.

        He’s still a name for sure, but not absolutely like in the 80s and 90s.

        His other attempts – America Made, Jack Reacher e.t.c have fallen short.
        (I suspect Top Gun is going to be another nail in the coffin.)

        So disagree again.

        It’s amusing to me how Tom Cruise, Jolie with their array of flops, or even the consistently one-note & over wraught DDL who is not a marquee name , are described as global superstar here, while apparently Leo is not.

  9. bored at work says:

    Duh, false. Unless they mean by only global superstar left “whining until he got an Oscar”, yeah, then maybe.
    And I so hope OUATIH is a huge flop so Tarantino will be out of our faces as well.

  10. Seraphina says:

    False what an insult to all the other actors out there. Wow.

  11. Jenns says:

    Did…someone from the wolf pack write this?

  12. Hermione says:

    What an ass kissy article. So, if your part of a franchise or comic book movie you no longer rate as a movie star? Leo’s a good actor and has made good choices but that doesn’t make him the only “global movie star.” I think Angelina Jolie is just as world famous. And if you consider and go by the only thing that really matters in Hollywood, the box office income, Leo doesn’t rank as the highest earning actor. I think Samuel L. Jackson’s films have grossed more than any other actor.

    • Becks1 says:

      But by this point, is Angelina famous for her movies, or famous for her personal life and her work as a humanitarian? I would argue its the latter two. She obviously still has some draw as a movie star (i.e. Maleficent) and I’m sure she has no issue getting work in Hollywood when she wants it, but at this point I think she is more just “famous” and less “movie star,” which is fine, its not a slam on Angelina. It’s just different.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        Angelina’s international box office numbers MORE than back up her being considered a global superstar.

    • Enn says:

      Angelina was who I thought of when I read the headline. She can do everything from small passion projects to blockbusters like Maleficent. I can watch her in just about anything, in fact I just rewatched Wanted a few weeks ago.

  13. Jessica says:

    I really dislike and am grossed out by his relationships with much younger women whom he seems to swipe out interchangeably as soon as they reach a certain age (while he gets older & less and less attractive), and I agree that the piece lays it on quite thick and is very ass-kissy, but I actually agree with the premise? I can get on board with him being one of the true great and legendary actors in the history of Hollywood, who picks his projects very, very well and disappears into each role. I don’t have to approve of how he conducts his personal life (and I don’t) to recognize that. George Clooney seems like he’s playing a version of George Clooney in every film, but Leo inhabits his characters in my opinion, and you rarely catch him in shitty movies. He chooses his projects carefully.

  14. Redgrl says:

    Hahahahahaha! And no.

  15. SM says:

    I agree with your assessment. In the climate where social media provides everyone an opportunity to be in everyones’ faces all the time, it is nice there are celebrities we do not throw opinions on every single political question in our face because lately it starts to look more opportunistic rather than genuine. On the other hand, he has no adventurous impulse whatsoever, he seems uptight and unable to laugh at him self and take it all less serious (he is in entertainment business after all) and I can not treat someone so uptight like a public, genuine star

    • Mia4s says:

      “he seems uptight and unable to laugh at him self and take it all less serious”

      That’s always struck me about him. He seems so paranoid and anxious. Feels like the frat boy antics are a bit of an act. Security sweeps of Cannes venues? Which are already subject to security sweeps? What have you gotten into behind the scenes Leo?

    • Pixie says:

      I’ve always thought his super boring interview/public persona was just an act/character he put on to be professional. With all the partying, travelling and hooking up with Rihanna etc. he has done with his life, he can’t possibly be so uptight in his day to day life. If it’s just to keep the press less interested in his life, I think its a pretty smart move.

      • Mia4s says:

        “was just an act/character he put on to be professional.”

        I don’t know about that. There’s enough anecdotes about his behaviour at events and in general (not from journalists) that make him sound pretty paranoid and humourless. He may have good reason having been in the business this long, but it can’t be comfortable.

  16. Personal feelings on Leo aside, he really is a great actor and his body of work is pretty impressive. Yes, he whined up an Oscar for getting mauled by a bear but he really should have a shelf of them by now. He is one of the rare few that parlayed child star into a solid career. Angelina has global star power, but not necessarily as a movie star and her name isn’t putting butts in seats. Brad is also still very bankable and has branched our to maintain that base rather than just on screen.
    Agree with above on Tom Cruise, we may not like him but he fills theaters overseas.

    • Becks1 says:

      Tom Cruise fills seats but a lot of those seats are for “prebranded franchises,” like Mission Impossible. I enjoy those movies and they’re good, but that’s part of the point of the article. Leo has had incredible box office success WITHOUT doing those kinds of movies.

  17. Becks1 says:

    So, I kind of agree with this. He’s had a really successful career considering he sticks to mostly long-winded dramas. Besides titanic, has he ever done a romantic role? I know he has love interests in his movies, but that’s not the same. So many of the big movie stars now stay at the top either by doing comic book movies, or by doing a mixture of drama and comedies. Leo doesn’t. I am always intrigued by the movies he picks. And he does have kind of an old-school Hollywood quality to him at this point.

    Is he the last? I don’t think so. But he’s definitely among the last.

    • Millenial says:

      I actually kind of agree with this as well. I’ve had this thought before. Leo is perhaps one of the last true male movie stars. Everyone else is a star because they are attached to a Marvel franchise.

      On the women’s side, for me, it’s Nicole Kidman. She doesn’t always get butts in seats, but she churns out quality work just about every time.

    • Nic919 says:

      What movie has Leo done in the last ten years that has had people go specifically to see him? Most of his films are directed by Scorsese or have another big named director like Nolan or now Tarantino. I certainly wouldn’t say that he’s any different than Brad Pitt or George Clooney in the movie star category. He’s also ten years younger and both Pitt and Clooney in their mid 40s were still quite popular. They still are but just don’t do as many movies.

      • Becks1 says:

        But doesn’t that say something that he works so frequently with Scorsese et al? That’s part of the point of the article I think. Leo chooses quality projects – maybe they would be quality without him, maybe not. It’s an interesting way of looking at it.

      • Sof says:

        Wolf of Wall Street, The Great Gatsby, Shutter Island, Inception… At least in my country, most watch movies based on the actors and plot, the director is important to some people, but not the majority.
        And when it comes to Dicaprio you know the movie is going to be good.
        (I don’t want to sound like a Leo fangirl, but I grew up watching his films as I’m sure most people from my generation did, they were always on tv)

        Edit: I forgot to add that even though The Great Gatsby is a classic of literature, we don’t read it at school so most people didn’t know the story before the film was made.

      • Becks1 says:

        Shutter Island was incredible And so was Inception. Just excellent movies. Would those movies have been so good without DiCaprio? I dunno.

        We def had to read Great Gatsby many times in school and I hated it so never saw the Baz Luhrman version lol.

      • Jegede says:

        @Sof –

        On paper WOWS, like Revenant, was a risky/controversial choice dealing with unsavory subject matter.

        But Leo’s name is on such a level, that anything he does can still do the business on a scale few are able to, ergo it’s automatically considered ‘no-risk’.

    • manta says:

      Most people would consider Romeo+Juliet romance. And the Rimbaud-Verlaine story in Total Eclipse, even if a doomed one, was a romance.

      • Becks1 says:

        @manta – HA! I had total forgotten about Romeo and Juliet. That is a romance. Doomed, but a romance.

  18. DS9 says:

    He’s a global actor, not a global superstar.

    Brad Pitt shat on my last good grace but he’s probably closer to a global superstar than two note DiCaprio over here.

    I do think DiCaprio is an excellent actor. And he’s definitely one of the last of his kind in the vein of DeNiro, Pacino, Nicholson etc. But as long as there are talented filmmakers looking for a certain kind of performance, he will not be the last. There are 5-10 coming up behind him who are building the same cache if they manage their career the right way.

    • Becks1 says:

      Oh this is true too. I consider Leo more one of the last great actors (at this point, we’ll see what happens in a few years), but I think him of more as an actor than a superstar. He’s clearly a superstar, but not on the level of Brad Pitt.

      • Cerceau says:

        When I think of the “last great actor”, I think of someone like Daniel Day-Lewis instead of Leo. For me Leo is somewhere between a great actor and a global superstar.

      • DS9 says:

        Someone above said Revenant couldn’t be made without LDC…

        DDL could and played nicely of Tom Hardy too.

  19. Busyann says:

    Oooh this is the article I read this morning. I agreed with a lot of it, particularly about Leo’s acting. I would put Brad and Leo in the same category as last traditional hollywood actor types, but I think Leo is a slightly better actor than Brad.

  20. Originaltessa says:

    I just want to throw Tom Hanks’ name into this conversation… Maybe he’s not as glamorous, but he can make money for a studio.

  21. Pixie says:

    I actually totally agree with the premise here. He has had a super long, well-acclaimed, bankable career and there really isn’t anyone else that compares. Neither Brad Pitt nor Clooney bring in the box office success they once did, and they’ve had several misfires just in recent years. Julia Roberts has barely been a movie star in years and Jennifer Lawrence’s career is brand new. Plus, Leo’s career/popularity hasn’t even really dipped in 20 years, which is almost unheard of? I do wish his production company would take the Plan B route and promote men and women of colour but he has done like 6/7 climate change documentaries and it’s hard to argue that isn’t a noble cause. Hopefully, he goes the Clooney route and gets with some kind of humanitarian lawyer once he hits 50 and I can be a fan without side-eyeing his love life lol

    • Jegede says:

      👍That’s the thing.

      Leo been famous since he was a teen and had to deal with a deranged level of Beatlemania craze at a young age.

      That he still has this immense level of success/sanity some 30 years later is rare.

      I prefer his earlier work like The Basketball Diaries, but I did enjoy The Departed and Django Unchained.

      • Pixie says:

        Totally agree! And it’s not just rare, its unheard of! I honestly can’t name a single movie star that still has this level of draw and appeal in their mid 40’s, with a consistent career that spans almost 30 years. Credit where credit is due.

      • DS9 says:

        It’s a narrow draw and appeal though. I’m not knocking it but Leo is not a widely appealing actor.

        He pulls in the same audience with the same kind of work. There’s really only so much of this that can be attributed to name alone.

        How many people would turn up for Leo if he diversified?

        Honestly if Leo wasn’t in the pockets of respected auteurs who can pull in these budgets, we’d consider Leo a character actor.

        Leo’s appeal is tied directly to the role and the director.

      • Pixie says:

        Hmm I see what you’re saying but I am not too convinced. The Wolf of Wall Street, the Revenant and Django have literally nothing in common other than that they were by acclaimed directors. I wouldn’t presume the appeal and the audience were the same for all of those movies, how would we even measure that? Plus, if working with only great directors is the main key to long lasting success, there would be a hell of a lot more people with Leo’s level of success, in my opinion.

      • Jegede says:


        Disagree there.

        Scorecese movies without Leo flop.
        Marty’s name no longer has the drawing BO power people seem to think,.

        Leo has given Marty, Tarantino, and Luhrmann their biggest box office to date.

        (I mean it’s saying something, when mixed reviewed fluff like Gatsby, can end up being Baz’s highest grosser.)

      • Becks1 says:

        He doesn’t have that narrow an appeal though, which again, is part of the point of the article. His movies consistently (not always, but consistently) make a LOT of money. In this age of comic book movies, Star Wars, etc, that’s saying something. And I’ll say for me, I often see his movies not because I love Leo, but because I am always intrigued to see what movie he has picked. there aren’t that many actors where I’m interested to see what their next project is.

      • DS9 says:

        I must be missing all the movies Leo has sold without a big name director.

        Again, if you read all of my comments, I’m not arguing that Leo sucks, that he’s nothing without a big director, that he’s not a big name.

        My argument is that Leo takes on similar roles work wise, not necessarily content wise and the vast majority of the time tied to a major director’s passion project and known for their vision.

        He takes no risks, his audience doesn’t vary much, and he’s not a red carpet draw, nor does he sell his movies himself.

        Leo knows what he’s good at and he’s got a very good picker.

        Is he even greenlighting his own work? I could be wrong but it seems to me people choose him with a project in mind, not that he’s establishing work from the ground up like others in his wheelhouse.

        He’s also got that whole white, generic male thing going for him.

  22. Jerusha says:

    Laughable. I’ve never gone to a movie because he’s in it and I actively loathed him in WOWS. I’ll always regret the time I wasted on that piece of crap. I agree with the paragraph re Brad using his stardom to produce films worth seeing. Am not aware of Leo ever doing that.

    ETA. I just checked imdb for his body of work. I’ve seen three movies he starred in because he doesn’t make things I’m interested in. I will give him credit for producing docs on environmental issues.

  23. Chaine says:

    After reading this article, Keanu probably sat sadly on a park bench reflecting on his life choices.

    • Jerusha says:

      Probably not. Even at the height of his bankability-post Speed, post Matrix-Keanu always went his own way. Instead of cashing in, he’d choose smaller films with first time directors or first time screenwriters. He’s also worked with more female directors than any other actor I can think of. And can you imagine Leo making fun of himself like Keanu did in ABMM? I’ll take Keanu over Leo any day of the week.

      • DS9 says:

        I’m sure Keanu is more then happy with his career choices.

      • Chaine says:

        Umm I was attempting to be sarcastic… I guess that didn’t come across 😞

      • Jerusha says:

        @Chaine. Hey, no problem. It was an opportunity to bring Keanu into the conversation. And I wasn’t trying to be harsh, hope it didn’t sound that way.

    • Nanea says:

      Thanks for introducing Keanu to this thread!

      I’ll take him over Leo and Brad any day of the week and twice on weekends, precisely because he challenges himself (no matter JW IV, B&T III) and picks indie projects that wouldn’t have seen the light of the day without his involvement. Even if they’re flops.

      And I like his personality a lot better than Leo “Pussy Posse” Di Caprio’s. And the way his foundation actually supports projects financially, instead of making promises that aren’t followed through.

    • The Recluse says:

      I got the joke. Poor Keanu. He must be content with being the internet’s boyfriend. (heavy sigh).

  24. Lena says:

    FALSE! are we forgetting Will Smith?? He’s wayyy more popular and universally beloved compared to Leo.

    • Eliza says:

      Will Smith. Denzel Washington. Tom Hanks. Brad Pitt. Tom Cruise (cult or no cult, watch him arrive to an airport), George Clooney, I’d even add Matt Damon. Cranky Harrison Ford?

      Starting to get into this group is Ryan Gosling too, but he takes his time off between projects so easy to forget. Mahershala Ali? Michael B. Jordan, too? There’s plenty of talent who people love to support. They just need a few more years to earn that title. Tom Hardy was heading there but his need to muffle his voice is getting old.

      • Jegede says:

        Ryan Gosling is emphatically not a global superstar.

        Not after big budget marquees like Blade Runner and First Man, stumbled hard.

        Even his modest budgeted critically acclaimed, The Nice Guys, couldn’t turn a profit.

      • DS9 says:

        Tom Hardy has a bad picker. I adore the man and his talent but I’m tired of his roles.

  25. Case says:

    I would say he’s one of the last true movie stars, along with Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, and a handful of others. He’s not the only one, though I do think he’s one of the best actors we have right now. He’s probably my favorite, actually. I love most of the projects he takes on.

  26. T.Fanty says:


    *drops mic*

    • Nanea says:

      *catches mic* to annouce that THR should be ashamed to be shilling for LDC.

      • DS9 says:

        How much of a global superstar would Denzel be if he didn’t have to work so hard to convince the industry to cast outside of a white default?

        There are so many roles Denzel could have been so good in.

  27. The Original Mia says:

    I’d rather see those latex wearing actors in the theater than anything Leo stars in. What a pompous article.

  28. Becks1 says:

    Also, I’m laughing at myself because apparently I feel very strongly about this LOL. Had you asked me yesterday what my thoughts were on Leo being a “global movie star” or whatever, I would have just looked at you, and now I’m like YES HE IS AND HE IS THE LAST ONE AND THIS IS THE HILL I WILL DIE ON.

    • DS9 says:

      And I’m on the opposite. I didn’t know I cared but NO, HE IS A GLOBAL ACTOR AND I WILL DIE ON THAT HILL, DAMMIT.

      • Becks1 says:

        I don’t think I’ve thought this much about Leonardo DiCaprio since Titanic when I (like every other girl at the time) had a huge crush on him LOL.

    • Pixie says:

      lmaoooo I am the EXACT same! I have surprised myself but I am ready and willing to die on this hill. Leo is a Unicorn and a global movie star and if having consistently great taste, talent and bank-ability was easy EVERYONE WOULD BE DOING IT!

      • Jegede says:

        @Pixie – 👍👍

        And Leo has more range than, “I’m suffering for my art 24/7” DDL.

        Though neither holds a candle to Gene Hackman.

  29. Lizzie says:

    nicole kidman is hands down the greatest movie star. she has an interesting filmography, she pushes herself in risky roles, has worked with the greatest directors, has successfully navigated her insane and IMHO tragic personal life, lets people see enough but not too much of her personal life like an old school movie star and she’s been in the game for 35 years and has never been better. she is not just an actress – she’s a star.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      You are mistaking acting talent for what a “global movie star” is. I agree Nicole is incredibly talented. She used to be one of my personal faves. But she is NOT a “global movie star”. What that entails is international name and face recognition, the ability to open a film, the rate of return for studios in their investment and box office returns.
      Nicole simply doesn’t have that.

      • lucy2 says:

        I agree. She’s a brilliant actor and I usually see whatever she does, but she doesn’t have the broad commercial success that Leo does. Which is not a bad thing, IMO.

        It is pretty impressive that he’s done so consistently well with no franchises or comic book movies, but I don’t personally seek out his work to watch. He does pretty safely commercial stuff, always the lead role, with well known directors. It’s fine. Not exciting, but fine.

        I do find it annoying he hasn’t worked with a female director in almost 25 years. I’d like to see someone ask him about that.

      • manta says:

        @Lucy. The other names thrown into the conversation so far Tom Cruise, Will Smith haven’t even worked with a female director. Brad Pitt, once and it was with is wife.
        The last Hanks picture directed by a woman was,what, more than 20 years ago? Denzel Washington more than 25 years ago.Clooney? Maybe the ER years and Mimi Leder.
        I’m genuinely curious though, why the “why is he never asked about the lack of female director?” only pops up for Di Caprio.
        In the last 30+ years Day-Lewis worked under the direction of one woman, his wife.
        Yet,only Di Caprio’s case is annoying. Weird.

  30. Canber says:

    False. I barely remember this blob.

  31. Sof says:

    I think it’s also a generational thing. As I said above, some of us grew up watching Leo’s films. The outrage about him not winning an Oscar was real.

  32. StormsMama says:

    Just came to shout whilst laughing


  33. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Lol. Nope. Angelina Jolie is the last global superstar. But I guess that would be awkward to mention next to Brad.

  34. DS9 says:

    I guess the real question is what do you consider a global superstar?

    • Becks1 says:

      That’s what I’m hung up on now too. I don’t necessarily think of Leo as a “global superstar.” but I do think him of as more of a global movie star, someone who has had a long career and has been very successful, who keeps his personal life surprisingly private for someone who is so famous. I think he’s someone who has become more of an actor and less of a celebrity, if that makes sense. Brad Pitt is a celebrity to me. George Clooney is a celebrity. Tom Cruise, etc. To me they are more of the “superstar” ilk but less of the “actor” ilk. I feel like at this point, Leo is most definitely most known for being an actor, who supports the environment, and dates younger models. but the latter two we only know because he’s a famous actor.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      Yup. And I think a LOT of people are misunderstanding what that means. And Leo actually really isn’t one if you look at the statistical criteria that Hollywood uses for that title. It involves rate of return on investment, how much name recognition they have in the larger box office market – which ISN’T America – it’s China. And Leo honestly doesn’t have that. That’s not to say his films don’t make money. They do. But people overseas are far more likely to go see a Will Smith, Tom Cruise or Angelina Jolie les film

  35. Tallia says:

    Hahahahaha I can’t even.

  36. Truthhurts says:

    I can appreciate what the article implies and yes Leo will put butts in the seats of a long drawn out film. Brad in his own right is an ok actor not better than Leo. Pitts choices of movies is questionable and has not done well at the box office of late. Over the years he has become a tabloid star. The only thing that saves him is plan B and thank a good team for that.
    There is a fine line though between the last movie star. Regardless of what the box office is movie star is a person that the public is enamored by and that By far is Pitt and Jolie. Sorry for that fact. Tom and Jolie will be the biggest male and female draw of action films by name alone if it has an ok script.
    The Marvel franchises is the new world order bit it is based on franchise fan clubs. RDJ can’t sell a movie. Tom Hanks and Meryl are pure actors nothing else needed.

    • Keotwin says:

      Jolie doesn’t have anything close to the goodwill Tom Hanks has and her biggest hits have been about the vehicle, not her as a movie star, and this is esp true today (the Disney franchise, the marvel one she’s signed on for, etc). She’s still well known but her aura is long gone and Pitt is looking like he’s moving in the same direction. Neither can guarantee a hit based on their name. Agree RDJ can’t sell a film. The old fashioned boxoffice draw movie stars are no longer here; no one can guarantee a hit. I think Leo’s secret isn’t that he’s in that old mould but he picks fantastic, quality projects and his roles are always perceived to be cred-based, not showcasing a movie or action movie star but an Actor’s work – Actor with a capital A.

  37. Valiantly Varnished says:

    There seems to be a LOT of misunderstanding of what being a global superstar actually is. It isn’t about being the beat actor or even your films doing well in North America. It’s bases on GLOBAL box office and rate of return and name recognition. That’s it.
    There are literally algorithms that predict and show who those people are. And it isnt Leo DiCaprio. The people who consistently open well in the world’s largest film market- CHINA. Not America! And those people are as follows:
    Will Smith
    Tom Cruise (his films consistently do well overseas regardless of how they do here in the US)
    Angelina Jolie
    Pretty much the entire Avengers cast (because those films outperform EVERYTHING else)
    Keanu Reeves
    Samuel L Jackson (yup! His films have done better than almost all of the other people on this list!)
    Tom Hanks
    Dwayne Johnson

    • Lightpurple says:

      And Harrison Ford. Samuel L. Jackson is currently the all time box office king, after catching up with Harrison Ford. They switched places a few times but Jackson holds the lead right now.

    • Eliza says:

      I totally forgot about the rock!! Absolutely he’s killing it right now.

      Even Julia Roberts had duds in her prime. It’s about draw, but there’s no fool proof “Hollywood star” = instant hit. I don’t know why people keep saying a bomb means their not “a star”.

    • DS9 says:

      My personal definition of a global superstar is an actor with the combination of talent, celebrity, box office success, and facial recognition that a grandmother in Beijing, a teenaged girl in Moscow, a mother in India and a 45 year old man in Nigeria can name three and has seen one of their last five movies.

      I dislike Tom Cruise but he fits the bill. So do a chunk of the Avengers if you aren’t a comic book snob.

      It helps that Jolie, Brad Pitt, and even Johnny Depp pre hotmess fubar are willing to make appearances and endorsement deals in markets like Japan, China, and India.

      It’s not a contest of who has the most talent.

  38. Lightpurple says:

    Never did a pre-branded franchise? He was in Man in the Iron Mask, a Three Musketeers movie! The Musketeers have been a branded franchise since 1844! Did they do NO research for this interview? I get that Leo is trying to pretend he never did “fun” movies but he was in that and Irons, Malkovich, and Byrne aren’t crossing it off their resumes.

    • DS9 says:

      Where did you get your definition of movie franchise?

      MITIM is a literary adaptation. It was a one and done not even a failed franchise like John Carter.

  39. Truthhurts says:

    It would be a mistake for him to keep turning his nose up at fun action movies or franchises which he would be pathetic at. I will remember this in a few years.

    • DS9 says:

      Wait until he gets old old. He’ll do what DeNiro, Pacino, and Nicholson have done, comedies and throwbacks featuring him as old and cantankerous lol

      • Keotwin says:

        I don’t think he will though. I think he’ll go into environmentalism full time rather than do comedies (but of course still attend conferences by flying by private jet).

  40. manta says:

    I have a different take about his collaboration with established directors. I tend to think he’s the one that reconnected some of them with box office success. Prior to Gangs of NY, Kundun and Bringing out the dead weren’t exactly huge successes for Scorsese. And if his name was the main draw and the actors didn’t matter, well masses should have flocked to theaters to watch Garfield and Driver in Silence (they didn’t)
    Same for Ridley Scott. His cruisade movie with Orlando Bloom or his wine flick were flops. Attaching himself with actors like Denzel Washington or Di Caprio made his star shine again.
    Same for Zwick. Before Blood Diamond, his war movie with Meg Ryan wasn’t a hit. Luhrman Australia, even with Kidman who’s often cited here , didn’t perform that well. The non Batman movies from Nolan, like Insomnia (with star Pacino) didn’t exactly shake the box office either.
    Di Caprio certainly selects them but there’s no doubt these directors actively seek him in hope of exposure for their work.
    Watching the list of directors and materials for Denzel Washington or Cruise’s movies for the last 2 decades, I don’t see that much of risk taking , no more female directors, so not that many things set them apart.

    • DS9 says:

      Gangs of New York wouldn’t have been anything without Daniel Day-Lewis.

      I’ll be happy to die on that hill.

  41. liriel says:

    Pitt vs Leo. They’re both movie stars, legends but somehow really Leo without succumbing to super hero movies is a star that brings people to cinemas, a household name. He is $$$ but he choses different projects. And somehow we hear about his young girlfriends (disappointing) yet he’s mostly low profile, like anty Kylie Jenner of social media. He has a great intuition about projects and we’re still not tired of him. From being a pretty boy he transformed pretty well..

  42. DS9 says:

    I also find it interesting that people are essentially saying that Leo is IF you rule out other people/films for arbitrary reasons.

    No franchises, no superheros, no movies based on comics, no family films, etc….

    I’m also bothered by how easily we are discussing brown and female faces as if they haven’t had to work harder.

    If Leo is to be given credit for making as much money on his films as other actors without a franchise or whatever, then certainly Will Smith and Denzel should be given credit for making such recognizable names for themselves despite the more narrowed options available to them.

    • Becks1 says:

      But, the superhero stuff etc – that’s part of the point of the article. That gives the movies an automatic audience, an automatic appeal. it’s a lot easier to get people to go see Avengers then it is to see a movie about a bear. For someone who has consistently done dramas that actually have a fairly wide range, Leo has been outrageously successful.

      That said, I do think denzel should be in this conversation as well. I said above about Leo that I am interested to know what he is doing next. I don’t see all of his movies, but I am always kind of like, “huh, that looks interesting.” I feel the same way about Denzel. I don’t see all of his movies, but I am always interested in seeing what he’s doing next. Also, like Leo, I think Denzel has done a good job of keeping the focus on his work and not his persona life.

      (which I think is another point about this article. Yes yes Leo dates young models, and its kind of weird verging on gross at this point, but he has not been tabloid fodder in a LONG time, not the way Brad or George is. And I think the same is true for Denzel, that he is not tabloid fodder, so the focus is on his work.)

      • DS9 says:

        It just reads to me as statistics tinkering.

        A franchise shouldn’t be an automatic disqualifier as to do so arbitrarily negates the work and star power needed to both launch and maintain a franchise.

        Mission Impossible is virtually dead without Tom Cruise as evidenced by the fact that they tried to pass the torch with Renner and no.

        And then there’s Marvel. You have to look closer at that timeline before just deciding that no one involved counts. The Avengers were far from a sure thing when Iron Man was released. The success of that movie and indeed the whole franchise begins with RDJ.

        Just compare Iron Man and the Avengers to two Spiderman franchises and you can see there’s got to be some measure of credit given to RDJ.

        Again, Leo is talented and has been smart about his career but this only one way to be great metric doesn’t work for me.

    • Keotwin says:

      “people are essentially saying that Leo is IF you rule out other people/films for arbitrary reasons.”

      Is it arbitrary though? Disney/family films and superhero franchises absolutely dominate the BO these days. They’re about the only way you get close to a guaranteed hit.

  43. Thea says:

    I’ve never been to the movies because Leo is in it. The last movie of his I saw was the great gatsby.

  44. Bella Bella says:

    I think he’s creepy and I get bad vibes from him. And I am pretty good at reading faces. Hard pass on anything Leo-related.

  45. SJR says:

    I call BS!
    Keanu Reeves, Christian Bale, Kevin Costner, Cruise is still big box office in foreign.
    All still working and able to draw $$ at the box office.

    Keanu rules, fight me.

    OK, now having said that.. I do think Leo is a good actor but his personal life takes me out of the he is playing, and his choice of roles/movies are generally not going to get me out of the house. That wilderness/bear movie…do not care.

  46. Dark and Stormy says:

    I think what they mean about Leo being the last of a dying breed is the amount of applause he once got for the way he treated females. The rat pack/wolf pack/pussy posse style of keeping attention on a male lead is very slowly fading and he is one of the dead last to continue to use that by rolling out his latest barely legal female. Personally I’m glad that it is fading. Many great and legendary actors/actresses have been named in this thread which goes to show you don’t have to be a modelizer to have a career. I hope Leo ditches the creepy uncle Leo/daddy-daughter fetish before his next movie. I hate to see him paving his own way straight to Woody Allen territory, what a waste that would be. And I think they got it wrong about his social media and usage. He seems to do it differently because “Leonardos girlfriend” consistently gets coverage and has for decades he just does it passively, it is still an effort by his PR team (IMO) to keep audiences interested in his “personal life”.

  47. Yes Doubtful says:

    He’s talented, but I just don’t see him as a megastar. He lost his looks a long time ago and there isn’t a single movie of his that I own or love so much that I need to see it multiple times. I dare to say that Bradley Cooper is today’s version of a movie star. He has the look and has some big box office draws and plenty of nominations. If he does hook up with Gaga for real, then he would elevate even more since so many are obsessed with the idea of them being a couple.

  48. Rashida says:

    Society is too fractured by sub cultures and the internet these days to allow any entertainers to dominate the way they did in the last century. The internet can cater for every taste, so the public doesnt have fall in line with what the MSM says anymore. Even Taylor Swift doesn’t dominate the way Madonna or The Beatles did at the height of their popularity.

  49. Keotwin says:

    JLaw acts the same in every role. RDJ is an over actor and his ego is just always tangible in every role. Also has that overdone sentimentality kind of like Robin Williams had. Will Smith had a great, great run and good on him but that’s definitely done too. And further, was he on the same level, as in A-list with real acting chops? I don’t think he ever got that level of acclaim though BO was of course fantastic. The Rock has a similar type of career – kind of action man in big blockbusters – and is hugely busy with successful BO but will never be critically acclaimed for example. Showbiz is super uncertain and very exposed to disruptive technology (streaming for example) and there’s no way to predict the next star. Leo could flop off the face of the planet careerwise right after OUATIH.

  50. Sidewithkids says:

    Wow. Life’s so uncanny. I just had this convo w/ a friend of mine two days ago (before this article came out). There’s four left. Would love to include Johnny (but don’t see him coming back) and Denzel (but he’s more of an classic HW/American star). So there’s Brad, Tom, Will and Angelina (so sad it’s just one woman). Those are the last global superstars. I don’t include Leo b/c Leo isn’t a global superstar. I agree w/ Becks 1 and VV, Leo is like Denzel, a classic HW/American star but w/ more global hits. Charlize Theron would be the female equalivent of Leo. But you can’t go to Turkey and hear people screaming their names or names of their films. People don’t know them like that there.

    Side note: No offense but Brad is just the face of Plan B. I think he cares about the projects, sure, but Dede Gardner, the female head of the company is the one really doing the work, finding the projects, backing them. Brad just comes out and talks about the projects b/c we know his face and he’ll be in a movie if the studio wants him to do it so it can get made but Dede is the one lifting the load. Again, no offense, but people should know more about her and the work she does. Lol, Brad is smart tho, dude has a lot of women around him that allow him to take the credit/shine. Look up CAA and the women who have protected him there for years. I wonder if they grow tired of it? Angie did.

  51. Sidewithkids says:

    Also, we have to add Leo works w/ amazing directors so a lot of his movies like the Revenant and Wolf on Wall Street, etc, etc, is much about going to see the director’s work not so much about just going to see Leo. Brad (who loves to work w/ Fincher and now QT) and Tom could be put in this boat too. Tom working w/ mostly well known action directors.

    Only (global stars) Will and Angie work w/ unknown directors where by then making audiences really go to their movies to just see them.

    So the question is who has done harder work in by making themselves a success/a global superstar in the business? Is working w/ well known directors a lessening of an actor’s craft/performance b/c you know the overall product is gonna be great? Or are actors who work in lesser known directors projects saying I can elavate any project b/c I’m a great actor/superstar? Interesting questions.

    • Truthhurts says:

      Everything you said SWK is true. I don’t like to harp on Pitt too bad but he is coddled like an infant and heavily protected at any cost. One reason is the profitability of his celebrity. Rudin wanted to criticize Jolie for this but he is just the same. One reason he was so angry is because she was a female with ideas, was wielding her power with Pascal and that infuriated his ego. HW is full of male dominated egos.
      We all know Brad used his power to wrestle Plan B from Aniston including the fact she was weak.
      He is the face and gets things approved because of his celebrity. Fortunate and lucky as he explained. Truth is people don’t want to believe how his celebrity and power increased when he unified with Jolie as with hers. The problem was he loved the woman, she overshadowed him and many ways ,he listened to her and big people did not like it. Angie was his PR agent because immediately after she left he went back to Cynthia. Albeit he really didn’t need one because Angie was being blamed for Everything he did. Plus she repeatedly built him up in every interview she did. Big mistake Angie, but that’s who she is I guess.

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  53. Ice ice baby says:

    I think Leonardo DiCaprio might truly be the last global superstar. Tom Cruise is still famous but his popularity has decreased a lot in western countries because of his ties to Scientology. RDJ is very famous but globally is only known for one role. Meryl Streep is mostly famous in western countries. Will Smith is not as famous as before. Brad Pitt is mostly famous in western countries (welp, he is banned in China). The interviewer does seem correct in his assumptions.

  54. SJR says:

    Why is Pitt banned in China?