Interview with Leonardo DiCaprio Part 2

BATD ON Jun 25, 2009 AT 1:16 pm

Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Wheeler

Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Wheeler

As an actor, do you have a  mission?
Do I have a mission? Absolutely no mission. No.

Really? You appear for instance to be very involved with the environment..
Well that’s a different thing. That’s, you know, I could go on about that in a different way. If we’re talking about me being an actor, then I think unconsciously who we are is reflected in the type of movies we do. I would say that when reading a script, I’d say I’m attracted to a certain subject matter or certain piece of material that talks about the human condition because I feel that’s worth doing. I think that, in essence, says something about the type of movies I’d like to be out there, the type of movies I feel are good. I don’t know if you want to get into environmental stuff, but I feel that’s the best way I can describe it.
If I have any mission … you know, I’ve done movies in the past that have had political undertones certainly like Blood Diamond, that to me is interesting. These things are a reflection of who we are, I think.

What movie did you see recently that you liked?

Kate & Leo in Revolutionary Road

Kate & Leo in Revolutionary Road

Slumdog Millionaire I really liked. You know, I worked with Danny Boyle on The Beach so I feel like I know how he likes to tell stories and I also know that he loves to get really enveloped in the locations he goes in. That movie, wow. He captured some things that are just astounding. It’s a tragic story but a beautiful story at the same time. He made a little Apocalypse Now in his own way.

At one point you were cast as a matinee idol, the typical good looking guy, with a teen idol fan base, now you’re doing more character driven material. Was there a point you felt like you weren’t choosing your path?
No, I was always choosing which was great, but the sheer dynamic of being in a movie like Titanic lends itself to that kind of worldwide appeal rather than specifically targeting more character driven roles, just by the sheer nature of it.

Kate & Leo Revolutionary Road

Kate & Leo Revolutionary Road

How important are film critics to you? Do you take bad reviews to heart?
For Body of Lies the reviews were particularly harsh.
Unlike a lot of people, I read the criticisms. I think criticisms are important. They are people who have nothing to do with the film making process so they are unbiased. They objectively look at the final outcome without knowing how you got there or how difficult it was. They just say I like that movie or I didn’t. It’s interesting to me. You learn more and more. It makes you hone back to what’s most important about making a movie, rather than a lot of stuff which can be a tremendous waste of time.

What’s the worst fight you ever had in a relationship?
Can’t even tell you. There’s been many.

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