Thursday, June 13, 2013
How did this actor do it? Transform himself from a typical California actor into what he' is now?..
Physically he has ordinary features -- there's nothing odd, nothing unusual about his nose, mouth or chin -- it's a good face, and a good body. He's not short, or unusually tall -- or broad, fat, skinny, not flabby or super muscular. He just appears to be a regular, typical, normal, ordinary guy.
Leonardo D. started doing commercials when he was five; landed a recurring role in a soap opera, at 16, was in a sitcom; his film debut, at 17, was in the sci-fi horror film, ("Critters 3.") He was praised by critics for "This Boy's Life," then praised for "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "Marvin's Room," "The Basketball Diaries," -- at 22, he got raves for the film, "Romeo and Juliet." The following year, he exploded into international fame in "Titanic."
Since then, he's been growing artistically -- nominated for awards for his work in "Catch Me If You Can," "Gangs of New York," "The Aviator," "Blood Diamond," "The Departed," "Revolutionary Road," and "Django Unchained." (And Clint Eastwoods "J. Edgar," and a host of other films, too many to list in this summary.)
There's interesting celeb gossip about him and the models he dates that seems to fall into a pattern -- after the romance has cooled (they last for months, even a year or two), the relationship is maintained. My star-watcher eyes have me thinking IS he gay, making sure that we think he's straight? I dismiss this as an old-fashioned, out-of-date.
That DiCaprio's a philanthropical environmentalist -- yes -- that impresses me, but what really impresses me is the film he did at age 28, with Tom Hanks -- I've attached a trailer from it -- the way he transformed himself in that film was magical.
He was marvelous. I rarely use that word -- some of my husband, John Cullum's performances in musicals were marvelous.
Who Leonardo D. really is, doesn't interest me as much what he can do as actor. The proof's in the pudding. Here's a clip from "Catch Me If You Can," and a clip of what this actor-artist says about some of his recent films.
Yay, Leonardo DiCaprio. 'I'm hanging a laurel on this actor, crowning him, presenting him with an EM-Oscar.