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Leonardo DiCaprio credits his dad with helping him pick such winning roles.
Despite having been nominated for four Oscars, Leonardo only took home his first statuette in February (16). From his break out role in 1993’s This Boy’s Life, where he was handpicked by Robert De Niro to play a rebellious teenager in the ‘50s, to his award-winning role in The Revenant, the 41-year-old has played a wide spectrum of characters and is widely regarded as one of the greatest actors of his generation.
“My dad has been incredibly influential,” he told Britain’s GQ magazine. “I give him credit for so many of my choices as an actor, especially early on, steering me towards non-obvious sorts of characters and to take risks.
“My father says basically this: ‘No matter what you do, two things matter. Try to lead an interesting life and no matter what your life is like, try to find a way to wake up every morning and just be happy you can put your pants on’.”
As well as attracting some of the world’s hottest women, namely a bevy of supermodels, Leonardo’s A-list status has also seen his form strong bonds with fellow stars. One actor he’s been extremely close to over the years is former Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire.
“I just made him my pal. When I want someone to be my friend, I just make them my friend,” he smiled to the publication.
Leonardo currently doesn’t have any new roles on the horizon, as he’s enjoying some down time after 23 years of working solidly in Hollywood. He partied with rumoured girlfriend Rihanna at Coachella Festival, and was also snapped last week (end29Apr16) with dad George at baseball star Mike Piazza’s Italian Hall of Fame party in New York.
LEONARDO DICAPRIO has once again proven that despite being romantically linked to some of the most famous women in the world, his mother is his number-one girl. While in Cannes this weekend the Oscar-winning actor splashed out $18,000 on aChanel handbag at the Heart Fund’s Generous People Dinner Gala auction, reports Page Six, revealing to a fellow attendee that it was for his mum, Irmelin Indenbirken.
It’s not the first time that DiCaprio has shown his affection for Indenbirken in a public way. Last year at the same event he won an $11,000 bid for a bag which was also said to be a gift for her, while back in February, when he was in London for the BAFTAs, he dedicated his Best Actor award (for The Revenant) to her.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions has signed a three-year, first-look production deal with Paramount Pictures, it was announced Wednesday by DiCaprio and Paramount CEO Brad Grey.
DiCaprio’s company, which previously had a deal at Warner Bros., currently has four projects in development at Paramount: The Devil in the White City, based on the book by Erik Larson about a serial killer in 1890s Chicago, which is being adapted by screenwriter Billy Ray and will reunite DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese; Sandcastle Empire, an adaptation of Kayla Olson’s novel about an apocalyptic future in which the climate is collapsing; an untitled project about the recent Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal based on a book proposal by The New York Times‘ Jack Ewing; and a limited TV series based on A. Scott Berg’s biography of Charles Lindbergh.
Appian Way’s upcoming films include Ben Affleck’s period crime tale Live by Night, starring Affleck and Scott Eastwood, which Warners will release in 2017, and Robin Hood: Origins, starring Taron Egerton, which Lionsgate will release in 2017.
The film and production company was launched by DiCaprio with its first production, 2004’s The Assassination of Richard Nixon, followed closely by The Aviator. Jennifer Davisson serves as its president of production. Other projects in its pipeline include Jaume Collet Serra’s adaptation of the Japanese anime science-fiction Akira, written by Dante Harper; Joseph Kosinski’s film adaptation of The Twilight Zone; and an untitled Richard Jewell project starring Jonah Hill.
Appian Way has been involved in producing such films as the recent Oscar winner The Revenant,The Wolf of Wall Street (which was released by Paramount), Out of the Furnace, Ides of March,Shutter Island (another Paramount release) and Public Enemies.
“Leo is one of the great talents of our time,” Grey said in announcing the deal. “He is a masterful actor, storyteller and producer, with impeccable taste and skill that has shaped his extraordinary career. Our first project together was The Departed, before I came to Paramount. Since then, working with the legendary Martin Scorsese, we have partnered on two wonderful pictures, Shutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street. We are proud and excited to grow our relationship with him, [his manager] Rick Yorn, Jennifer Davisson and the entire team at Appian Way.”
DiCaprio commented, “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Brad and the team at Paramount Pictures on a number projects throughout my career. I can not think of a better home for Appian Way as we continue our growth.”
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is investing in an Ecuadorean company that produces tea from Amazon guayusa leaves, his latest support for environmentally sustainable projects in the South American nation.
“Proud to invest in and join Runa in supporting Indigenous people of the Amazon whose futures are at risk as their native lands are exploited for natural resource and agricultural development,” the actor said in an Instagram post.
DiCaprio is also donating his shares in the company to the guayusa farmers working with Runa, noting that the future of such farming communities across the world is at risk as their native lands are exploited for commercial development.
Leonardo DiCaprio‘s passion for climate change is out of this world.
The actor visited NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland on Saturday where he met with former astronaut Piers Sellers, who serves as the current deputy director of Goddard’s Sciences and Exploration Directorate.
“They discussed NASA missions studying changes in the Earth’s atmosphere, water and land masses for a climate change documentary DiCaprio has in production,” NASA Goddard shared on Facebook.
DiCaprio, 41, has been working on a climate change documentary, having traveled to Baffin Island in the Arctic last summer. In 2007, he created, produced, co-written and narrated The 11th Hour, a documentary that gave viewers a look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet’s ecosystems.
WHEN you enter the name ‘Leonardo’ into a Google search-bar, legendary multi-disciplined genius Leonardo da Vinci is the third suggested result.
The first and second suggestions belong to the man who sits comfortably at the top of the Hollywood A-list — Leonardo ‘Leo’ DiCaprio.
This year, the baby-faced powerhouse is finally won an Oscar statuette — an award some believe teenage Leo should have picked up twenty-three years ago for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
Whether you long to live it up with Leo on a Cannes-docked yacht or you’d rather watch an Adam Sandler film than another DiCaprio-lead spectacle, it cannot be denied that the most famous Leo on earth has put in more than the hard yards.
Here are the six stages of Leonardo DiCaprio’s acting career.