DiCaprio personally requested that his character have a “Network” moment.
The enthusiastic early reactions to Adam McKay’s “Don’t Look Up” ignited Oscar buzz for Leonardo DiCaprio in the Best Actor race. But the A-List star did more than just star in the star-studded Netflix comedy. As McKay recently revealed in a Vanity Fair profile, DiCaprio was his co-writer when writing and rewriting one of his character’s most important speeches in the film. The scene features DiCaprio down on national television, and it was the actor’s request to add the moment to the film.
As Vanity Fair reports: “Before DiCaprio signed, he asked McKay if they could include a speech in the script, something akin to the ‘I’m crazy as hell’ scene in ‘Network ‘. “And I was like, ‘Speeches are delicate, man,” McKay recalls telling him, worried about sounding judgmental. “It’s like drum solos. They were great in the’ 70s but… ‘”
“DiCaprio countered that they could undermine the speech for laughs, and together they rewrote the speech 15 times,” the profile continued, McKay adding, “I think that’s the biggest laugh in the movie when I get it. have tested. “
“Don’t Look Up” stars DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as astronomers trying to warn the globe of a meteor that will destroy the planet. McKay wrote the character of astronomer Kate Dibiasky for Lawrence, and Oscar winner “Silver Linings Playbook” got the script’s first reading. DiCaprio’s landing was a different story.
“I think he’s amazing and I love his job, but I just thought there was no way he would do that because if I could only work with Martin Scorsese, I would only work with Martin Scorsese, ”McKay told the“ Happy Sad Confused ”podcast earlier this year. “I will be Martin Scorsese’s assistant on the set. So why would he do this with me? But it turns out he really loved the script. We went back and forth on it. It was a process of about four to five months where we were just brainstorming. We took a quarantine break, and lo and behold, once we found a theoretically safe way to shoot this movie, he was in it. I could not believe it. It’s no surprise that he looks fabulous in the movie.
“Don’t Look Up” opens exclusively in theaters on December 10. The film’s release date is set for December 24 on Netflix.