Following on with our feature which will look at some of the past and current greats in the movie industry, last week we took a look at Tom Cruise. This week is actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Leonardo DiCaprio is easily one of the most versatile and talented actors in the business right now.

His first major breakthrough role was alongside Johnny Depp in the drama What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) which gave him an Oscar nomination as an Actor in a Supporting Role. He followed this up in a few films and then he won the part as the male lead in the modern retelling of Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Oscar-winning epic Titanic (1997) announced Leo as a star, he played the movies heart-throb Jack Dawson alongside Kate Winslet. The movie was a commercial success and won 11 Academy Awards.

However he kept a relatively low profile for a number of years after, with roles in The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) and Danny Boyle’s The Beach (2000), neither were hugely popular or standout films.

The turn of the millennium has seen frequent collaborations with legendary director Martin Scorsese which has produced some of his finest performances on-screen such as Amsterdam Vallon in Gangs of New York (2002) and Howard Hughes in The Aviator (2004), his role as Hughes earnt him a first Oscar nomination as an Actor in a Leading Role.

The duo teamed up together on Best Picture Oscar winner The Departed (2006) and again on the acclaimed Shutter Island (2010) where he played U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels, investigating a mysterious disappearance at a hospital for the criminally insane.

2006 saw another successful performance in Blood Diamond which saw DiCaprio nominated for an Oscar for the second time as an Actor in a Leading Role.

Along with Scorsese, DiCaprio has worked with the best directors in the business including Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, and Christopher Nolan. His versatility has allowed him to choose a variety of roles and unlike some he has managed to survive the curse of being labelled a star at a relatively young age.

The Titanic love pair of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet finally shared the screen together again in Revolutionary Road (2008) based on the Richard Yates novel. 2008 also saw him work alongside Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott’s thriller Body of Lies.

2010 blockbuster Inception cemented DiCaprio as the leading man in Hollywood and he continued into 2011 by working with Clint Eastwood as the title character in biopic drama J.Edgar (2011).

Best 3 Films:
– Inception
– Shutter Island
– The Departed

Best 3 Performances:
– Blood Diamond
– Shutter Island
– The Aviator

Breakthrough Film:
– What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Signature Character:
– Jack Dawson (Titanic)

3 Memorable Scenes:
– Titanic

– Inception

– Catch Me If You Can

Least Popular Performance:
– The Man in the Iron Mask

What Next:
– The Great Gatsby – Stars as Jay Gatsby alongside Carey Mulligan.
– Django Unchained – His first work under cult director Quentin Tarantino, this should be good as he plays the villain this time!
– The Wolf of Wall Street – A fifth feature film under the direction of Martin Scorsese


5 thoughts on “Movie Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio

  1. Oh, I quite like Blood Diamond taking that first spot in your ‘3 Best Performances’, that film’s re-watchability is pretty high for me. My list of his best performances is more like The Aviator, Revolutionary Road and J. Edgar. But yeah, it’s just a matter of time before he picks up an Oscar; just look at his next roles, it’s just bound to happen.

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