Last update: November 11, 2022, 07:40 HST
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEONARDO DICAPRIO: Leonardo DiCaprio has done it all with his various movie roles. He stole hearts with characters like Jack and made us hate a character like Candie. From a humble beginning, Leo has become a 90s idol for an internationally acclaimed actor. As the American actor turns 48 on November 11, let’s take a look back at his top 5 movies you can binge on. Also, do you think you know everything about Leo? Read on to find some rather unknown facts about the actors:
The story behind its name
Leo was named after the artist Leonardo da Vinci. His name has quite an interesting story. It happened after his pregnant mother stood in front of one of Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings the first time she felt him kick.
Fired from the first TV show
If you think Leo always had a smooth career, that wasn’t the case. Leo landed his first screen appearance on the children’s TV show Romper Room. However, he was fired for being too disruptive.
Leo was the seventh youngest actor to be nominated for an Oscar at the age of 19. He won this nomination for his role in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape in 1994. However, he actually won the award almost two decades later after his first nomination.
In 1998, DiCaprio donated a room full of computers and equipment to the Los Feliz Library. This library was built on the site of his childhood home. They provide free and easy access to information, ideas, books and technology with the goal of enriching, educating and empowering the city’s diverse communities.
The missed opportunity
For the movie “Inglourious Basterds”, American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino wanted Leo to play the role of Nazi Colonel Landa. However, the actor rejected the offer and the role went to Christoph Waltz. It earned Waltz his first Oscar for the performance.
Here are the Top 5 Leonardo DiCaprio movies to check out:
- Creation (2010)
Writer, producer and director Christopher Nolan and producer Emma Thomas never considered anyone other than Leo for the role of Cobb. And it worked really well, because according to Nolan’s wife and producing partner, Emma Thomas, it was Leo who made the film less of a puzzle and more of a character story that audiences could relate to. He played the role of Dom Cobb, a professional thief who steals his victims’ secrets by infiltrating their dreams.
- Titanic (1997)
The epic romance and disaster film achieved significant critical and commercial acclaim. In fact, it was the first Best Picture Oscar winner to be produced, directed, written and edited by the same person as James Cameron. Leo’s Jack Dawson won everyone over by showing a beautiful love story in the face of human tragedy. Jack Dawson was a poor, homeless orphan from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, who falls in love with Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet), a first-class passenger on the Titanic.
- Django unleashed (2012)
It was Leo’s first time playing a villain since The Man in the Iron Mask (1998). In fact, the actor wasn’t comfortable with how awful and explicitly racist his character was. However, American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino told him to be as menacing as possible. He said if Leo doesn’t go all the way, people will hold it against him forever. Leo starred as Calvin J. Candie in the American Revisionist Western.
- The Revenant (2015)
The movie eventually landed Leo the much-awaited Best Actor Oscar trophy in 2016. Apart from that, he won 32 awards for his performance. It was also the feature-length role with the fewest words of dialogue. Leo starred as Hugh Glass, an American pioneer and hunter in the American adventure drama film.
- The Great Gatsby (2013)
The hit historical romantic drama film was based on the novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Leo played the titular character Jay Gatsby, a mysterious millionaire who throws wild parties. It was also Amitabh Bachchan’s first appearance in a Hollywood film, as Meyer Wolfsheim.
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