What is a post about Leonardo DiCaprio doing on this blog when the current topic has nothing to do with his relationship. Because he’s HOT! Like, H-O-T – HOT! I have been in love with Leonardo DiCaprio ever since I was a teenager and went to go see Titanic but damn, this man is growing up to be just fine, isn’t he? I think I said something a little while ago about how he was getting a little tubby in the midsection. I take it back, Leo! I’m so very sorry! He has definitely proven in these shots he did for Esquire that there is absolutely nothing tubby about him. And that I should be severely punished for saying anything else.
And not only does he look more grown up, but he sounds more grown up too. In the interview that Esquire did, he talked about the night River Phoenix died, and what I found most interesting, how he tried to shed his Titanic persona after the huge success of that film. And can you blame him? I’m quite certain I’m not the only one who became Leo-obsessed after that movie. Anyways, I’ll shut up now about how much I love him and just let you swoon over Leo’s words yourself. From Esquire,
“On the Night River Phoenix Died
When I was eighteen, River Phoenix was far and away my hero. Think of all those early great performances — My Own Private Idaho. Stand by Me. I always wanted to meet him. One night, I was at this Halloween party, and he passed me. He was beyond pale — he looked white. Before I got a chance to say hello, he was gone, driving off to the Viper Room, where he fell over and died.
That’s a lesson.
On James Cameron
Jim knows exactly what he wants. Needless to say, when somebody felt a different way on the set of Titanic, there was a confrontation. Jim had it out with them right there in front of everybody. He lets you know exactly how he feels. But he’s of the lineage of John Ford. He knows what he wants his film to be.
I remember sitting in a theater after it was done and being in awe. He got what he wanted.
On Fame After Titanic
It wasn’t the era of penetrating Internet paparazzi that we have now. But my name wasn’t me anymore. I was sort of this thing. Kate felt it, too. But a lot of the attention was on me because of the teenage girls who repeatedly went to see the movie. I had the blond hair, and I was Jack Dawson, this heroic figure.
So I set up everything in my personal life to rebel against that image in order to strip it down. I had a lot of fun stripping it down. But ultimately, that knocked me a few rungs down the ladder.
On Growing Up
The earliest memories I have are jumping up onstage before concerts in downtown L. A. and trying to get on the mic and break-dance, or do imitations of my mother’s friends or my father’s friends, or be a comic in class. I was the most insane child you can imagine, pretty intolerable to be around. High-octane energy all the time, never wanting to focus on schoolwork.
On Risks and Really Growing Up
What you risk just to have thrills when you’re in your twenties is absurd. It’s all part of that process of doing things that are daring to be accepted by your peers — and it’s absolutely insane. You can enter a never-ending vapid hole trying to catch the next exciting moment without ever stopping to appreciate it. It can be a never-ending process of chasing something that isn’t there. I know it’s a cliché, but I’m happy to be alive. I went skydiving and my chutes didn’t open. Two of them.
On Scorsese vs. Spielberg
The only other person who knows as much about film as Martin Scorsese is Steven Spielberg…. People would always ask me, What are the differences between Spielberg and Scorsese?
All I could find myself talking about was the similarities.
On That Nude Scene in Revolutionary Road
Kate Winslet is one of my dearest friends. We have the ultimate trust in each other and the best of intentions for what we want to do. I knew Kate before Sam [Mendes, her husband] even met her. So on the outside, it may seem strange to do a sex scene with a woman while her husband is directing. But it didn’t feel that way to me.
When the scene was about to start, Kate said, in front of the crew, “Wait, wait, this is totally weird.” She turned to both Sam and I and said, “Are you guys okay?”
We both looked at each other and said, Yeah, we’re totally fine.
She said, “It’s even weirder that you’re both totally fine.”
On That ‘Confrontation’ Scene in The Departed
I believe Jack went up to Marty afterward and said, “I don’t know if he necessarily believed me. I don’t know if he was sincerely threatened.”
Marty said, “Let’s do it again tomorrow.”
So I come on the set the next day and hear we’re doing the scene over for lighting reasons. Okay. But then a prop guy comes over to me and says, “Just to let you know, there were some props Jack asked for. I had to get him a fire extinguisher, a bottle of whiskey, a lighter, and a gun.”
On the Greatest Actor in the World
When I sat in the theater, it was, Oh, my God, she’s the only person who looks completely natural. She’s the only person who has actually made her character into a real human being who would have an erratic moment because those erratic moments are what make you more human. That was a huge moment of discovery.
Meryl may be the greatest actor in the world.
On Proving Himself
Probably the only thing I knew with complete clarity was that I wanted to be an actor. But there was a lot of rejection early on, and so it never felt like, Hey, I’ve got something here. There was always an element of me that needed to prove something to myself. It’s something I don’t want to get rid of, because it’s what drives me. I’m never settled and I’m never satisfied.”
Even just reading Leo’s words is humbling! Here’s a man who once felt as though he wasn’t good enough?!?! Are you kidding me? And I have actually heard Leo talk about Martin Scorsese and you can just tell that he’s talking about a true-blue hero of his. It’s really quite inspiring actually, and I’m not even a huge fan of Scorsese’s films. But, I just gush and gush when it comes to Leo. And can I just say, thank God something worked out with that skydiving incident? Oh the horror! That would have been terrible! I also couldn’t decide which Esquire pic to include so, I just added all my faves. Hope you like em as much as I do!
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