Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. DiCaprio appeared in two episodes of The New Lassie when he was 15 years old, while Williams made her film debut in Lassie , when she was Biography from Giorgio Vasari's "The Lives of the Artists" and a gallery. Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio 's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a. Is a staunch liberal Democrat who has been both personally and financially active in the campaigns and elections of Bill Clinton , Al Gore , John Kerry and Barack Obama.
Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in artists biography. Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. His father is of Italian and German descent, and his mother, who is German-born, is of German and Russian ancestry. His middle name, "Wilhelm", was his maternal grandfather's first name. Leonardo's father had achieved minor status as an artist and distributor of cult comic book titles, and was even depicted in several issues of American Splendor, the cult semi-autobiographical comic book series by the late 'Harvey Pekar', a friend of George's.
Leonardo's artist biography skills became obvious to his parents early on, and after signing him up with a talent agent who wanted Leonardo to perform under the stage name "Lenny Williams", DiCaprio began appearing on a number of television commercials and educational programs.
DiCaprio began attracting the attention of producers, who cast him in small roles in a number of artist biography series, such as Roseanne and The New Lassiebut it wasn't until that DiCaprio made his film debut in Critters 3a low-budget horror movie. While Critters 3 did artist biography to help showcase DiCaprio's acting abilities, it did help him develop his show-reel, and attract the attention of the artist biography behind the hit sitcom Growing Painsin which Leonardo was cast in the "Cousin Oliver" role of a young homeless boy who moves in with the Seavers.
While DiCaprio's stint on Growing Pains was very short, as the sitcom was axed the year after he joined, it helped bring DiCaprio into the public's attention and, after the sitcom ended, DiCaprio began auditioning for roles in which he would get the chance to prove his acting chops. Leonardo took up a diverse range of roles in the early s, including a mentally challenged youth in What's Eating Gilbert Grapea young gunslinger in The Quick and the Dead and a drug addict in one of his most challenging roles to date, Jim Carroll in The Basketball Diariesa role which the late River Phoenix originally expressed interest in.
The following year, DiCaprio starred in another movie about doomed lovers, Titanicwhich went on to beat all box office records held before then, as, at the time, Titanic became the highest grossing movie of all time, and cemented DiCaprio's reputation as a teen heartthrob. Following his work on TitanicDiCaprio kept a low profile for a number of years, with roles in The Man in the Iron Mask and the low-budget The Beach being some of his few notable roles during this period.
Inhe burst back into screens throughout the world with leading roles in Catch Me If You Can and Gangs of New Yorkhis artist biography of many collaborations with director Martin Scorsese. However, he has not limited his professional career to just acting in movies, as DiCaprio is a committed environmentalist, who is actively involved in many environmental causes, and his commitment to this issue led to his involvement in The 11th Hour, a documentary movie about the state of the natural environment.
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Often appears in the films of Martin Scorsese. Often plays conflicted, tortured-by-their-own-demons characters, who need to deal with their past. Often plays characters who are ill-fated e.
Often plays troubled or twisted tycoons The Aviator, The Great Gatsby, Django Unchained and The Wolf of Wall Street. April 16, While filming The Beach off the coast of Thailand, Leonardo and others were swept off a camera boat by strong artists biography and waves. No one was injured. Sues Playgirl magazine over plans to publish pictures --including full frontal nudity -- of himself. Ranked 75 in Empire UK magazine's "The Top Movie Stars of All Time" list. Was considering starring in a movie about actor James Deanbut turned down the role because he felt he wasn't experienced enough to do the film.
Chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. Younger stepbrother of Adam Farrar. He and his family funded a state-of-the-art computer center at the Los Feliz branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, which was rebuilt after the Northridge earthquake.
Inthe lawsuit was dismissed. Judge Paula Omansky said the lawsuit could proceed against a fourth man, Todd Healy, who admitted to hitting Wilson, though Healy claimed the move was in self-defense when he thought he saw Wilson reaching for something, possibly a weapon.
In dismissing the action against DiCaprio, the jurist said Healy never heard the actor's alleged remark, and therefore could not have been incited by it.
At age 10, his agent advised him to change his name to a more American-friendly Lenny Williams. Needless to say, he did not follow that advice.
Was initially set to star as Alan Jensen in Harvard Manbut the film's low artist biography could not afford to pay his salary, so he dropped out and Adrian Grenier took the lead. Was set to star in American Psycho but had to drop it due to scheduling conflicts. Christian Bale took the part instead. In Januaryhis lawyers filed an application to allow DiCaprio to copyright his own name.
Attended Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies before attending Marshall High School. Attended Seeds Elementary School at UCLA where he took summer artists biography in performance art. Ranked 42 in Premiere's annual Power List. Had ranked 74 in and 60 in Ranked 6 in Star TV's "Top 10 Box Office Stars of the s" Childhood friends with Tobey Maguire and the late Christopher Pettiet.
When his camera went missing, he offered a substantial reward of many thousands of pounds for its artist biography. Openly supported John Kerry in the election. He went around 11 states and gave 20 speeches about the environment and how the Bush Administration has damaged it. Was offered the role of the porn star Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights at around the same time as he was offered his role in Titanic The Dirk Diggler role eventually went to Mark Wahlberg.
He is an environmental conservationist and often advocates and supports natural causes. Filed police charges after being attacked with a bottle by a Canadian ex-model while leaving a private party. Although the wound was very close to his jugular vein, it was not expected to delay production on his latest movie.
Won the role of Arthur Rimbaud in Total Eclipse after the death of actor River Phoenix in Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson are his favorite actors. Was considered for the role of Anakin Skywalker for Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Cloneswhich went to Hayden Christensen. He and Jason Robards received Oscar-nominations for portraying Howard Hughes. Was originally cast in The Good Shepherd Very good friends with actresses Kate Winslet and Marion Cotillard and actors Tom Hardy and Vincent Gallo.
He artist biography said that playing Arnie in What's Eating Gilbert Grape was "the most fun I've ever had". Has appeared on the television series Parenthoodin the role originally played by Joaquin Phoenix. In the original film, Phoenix's grandfather is played by Jason Robardswho, like DiCaprio, has played Howard Hughes.
He purchased a acre island off the coast of Belize in and plans to develop a resort with renewable energy sources. Good friends with Lukas HaasMark Wahlberg and Kevin Connolly. In in "The Independent", he named his ten favorite movies as: Was cast in the lead role in Baz Luhrmann 's doomed Alexander The Great-project.
In his childhood, he and his mother lived in poor neighborhoods in Los Angeles which he describes as "Ghettos of Hollywood". Early in his career he appeared as a contestant on a game show called "Fun House" where stunts were performed - his involved trying to artist biography fish in a small pool with only his teeth. Attended John Marshall High School in Los Feliz. Other alum include Bo BarrettHeidi FleissJonathan ParkAnne-Marie Johnson and Julie Newmar.
Turned down Michael Pitt 's role in The Dreamers because he felt he was too old to play a twenty-year-old student. Was trained by renowned Hollywood Gun Coach Thell Reedwho has also trained such actors as: Brad PittVal KilmerEdward NortonRussell CroweBen Foster and Girard Swan. Has once said his favorite female performance is Gena Rowlands ' Mabel Longhetti in A Woman Under the Influence Has said his two favorite performances are Robert De Niro 's Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver and James Dean 's Cal Trask in East of Eden Martin Scorsese is his artist biography director.
His father, George DiCapriois of German and Italian ancestry and is an underground writer, editor and distributor of comic books. His mother, Irmelin DiCaprioleonardo artist biography, is of German and Russian ancestry and a former legal secretary. Inhe became the seventh youngest actor ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at age He was nominated for his performance in What's Eating Gilbert Grape Thanked by Blink in the liner notes of their album "Enema of the State".
DiCaprio, along with Kate Winslet and director James Cameronpublicly pledged to support the financial future of the last living Titanic survivor, Millvina Dean, after it was reported that she had been forced to sell her mementos to pay for nursing home bills.
Bought Kate Winslet an inscribed gold ring, after they finished filming Revolutionary Road together. However, Winslet artists biography the inscription a secret. Campaigned for the role of John Dillinger in Public Enemiesbut Johnny Depp was cast in the role instead.
He stated in a Rolling Stone artist biography that in his younger years his mother took him to Germany about 10 artists biography to visit his grandmother. Quentin Tarantino considered casting Leo as SS Colonel Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterdsbut he eventually chose Christoph Waltz to play the role instead.
Other real estate holdings include: His favorite actress of all time is Meryl Streep. Has been in a relationship with Bar Refaeli twice. They began a relationship in Decemberbut separated in October However, they later reconciled in Decemberonly to separate again in May As a board member with World Wildlife Fund WWFhe has traveled to such places as Bhutan, Nepal and Russia. While attempting to travel to St.
Petersburg, Russia to attend the International Tiger Conservation Forum as a artist biography of the World Wildlife Fund WWFbut he was held up not artist biography, but twice by flights.
The first, Delta Flight 30, which departed from JFK bound for Moscow, was forced to artist biography an emergency landing back at JFK shortly after takeoff due to engine flame out and malfunction, later his replacement flight had to make an unscheduled landing in Helsinki, Finland to refuel due to strong artists biography over the Atlantic ocean that used up the plane's fuel. Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin, who hosted the event, acknowledged that a lesser man, "could have read it as a sign - that it was not worth going," but instead Leo, who's late grandparents were Russian, made it to the summit and gained Putin's respect.
The summit's aim is to double wild tiger populations worldwide from 3, to 7, by Has appeared artist biography times on the cover of GQ magazine: DecemberDecember and October Won the 'Do Something' Award for his Haiti relief efforts and the television show "Greensburg".
Has worked with numerous acclaimed directors: Kate Winslet considers him the artist biography actor of his generation. Celebrated his 37th birthday at New York City Hotspot Avenue, which he rented out. Guests included pals Russell Simmons and Bradley Cooper and his mother Irmelin. The party raised money for DiCaprio's various wildlife protection projects and disaster relief for Haiti. Edgar was released in cinemas in the United States and Canada on his 37th birthday.
Is a staunch liberal Democrat who has been both personally and financially active in the campaigns and elections of Bill ClintonAl GoreJohn Kerry and Barack Obama. Was named Commander of the Order of the Arts and Letters in France in the same day that Martin Scorsese received the Legion of Honour. Recipients of the order are honored for their significant contribution to the enrichment of French culture.
France's Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres described DiCaprio as an 'icon, little Hollywood prince, , bad boy from Los Angeles, modern romantic hero, Peter Pan of American cinema'. Was considered for the role of Roark Jr. January 19, Attended The Departed premiere in Tokyo, Japan. American representative at Tiger Conservation Efforts At Russia Summit. November 4, Attended the Body of Lies premiere in Rome, Italy.
Attended the Inception in Tokyo, Japan. Attended the international premieres for Catch Me If You Can in Paris, France January 28th and London, England January 27th.
February 9, Attended the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. October 15, Attended the 1st Annual Rome Film Festival in Italy. January 19, Attended the London premiere of Revolutionary Road Ranked 8 on Alexander graham bell biography video list of Hollywood's Top Earning On-Screen Couples alongside Marion Cotillard in They are the only couple from a non-franchise film: Bought a multi-million-dollar apartment, in Manhattan's Greenwich Village area, at 66 E.
Optioned the biography of President Woodrow Wilson by Pulitzer Prize-winner A. Scott Bergand hopes to play the President himself. A previous biopic about the 28th U.
Perhaps one of the most outrageous on-camera introductions ever given to a person celebrity or otherwise was the one co-host Tina Fey bestowed on DiCaprio during the Golden Globes telecast when she asked the audience to give him the same type of warm welcome he's used to receiving from "supermodels' vaginas. He won his first Oscar for The Revenant on February 28,on his fifth acting nomination and 22 years after his first nomination for What's Eating Gilbert Grape As ofhas appeared in eight films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Of those, Titanic and The Departed are in the category.
December 26, Attended Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll's wedding in a private ceremony in New York. He also gave the bride away. Ranked on Forbes' "Highest-Paid Actors List". He was ranked 5 in5 in1 in2 in6 in4 in and 13 in - this year the list was changed from "Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actors" to "The World's Highest-Paid Actors", including actors who work in other countries.
Inhe was featured on Kate Winslet 's book "The Golden Hat: Talking Back To Autism", with celebrity self-portraits to raise awareness and support for autism. BanksCaptain PhillipsRushNightcrawler and Arrivalrespectively. Attended amfAR Cinema Against Aids Gala in France [May 22, ]. Turned down the role of Steve Jobs in Steve Jobs Michael Fassbender was cast instead. Hosted the first gala for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in Saint-Tropez, France on July 23, Over guests attended the event, including Marion CotillardJared Leto and Bono.
Turned down the role of Max in Disney's Hocus Pocus in artist biography to star in the indie flick What's Eating Gilbert Grape Is named after Leonardo Da Vinci because he first kicked in his mother's womb when she saw Leonardo Da Vinci's artwork at the Uffizi Gallery, his artist father felt it was apt. His paternal grandfather's middle name happens to be Leon. Loves visiting Spain and wants to learn how to read literature in Spanish. Shares the Special Humanitarian Award with Veronica Grey for their environmental documentary Worst Shark Attack Ever He was also awarded the Special Jury Award and Socially Responsible Conservationist Award for this project, from three different, relevant film festivals.
The painting was introduced by Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender. Won the Socially Responsible Conservationist award from the New Media Film Festival for the environmental documentary Worst Shark Attack Ever Possibly the only actor to play a character in almost every decade spanning the last years. Outbid Paris Hilton at a Cannes charity auction for a Chanel handbag, which he gave to his mother. After The Wolf of Wall Streettook a 2 year hiatus from acting, citing exhaustion.
Leo was born in L. While being interviewed by Entertainment Tonight at the red carpet of the Golden Globes, he stated that his long-time friend Kate Winslet is his favorite actress in the industry and he would love to work with her again. DiCaprio and his Shutter Island co-star Michelle Williamshave both appeared in Lassie productions.
DiCaprio appeared in two episodes of The New Lassie when he was 15 years old, while Williams made her film debut in Lassiewhen she was DiCaprio and his Titanic and Revolutionary Road co-star as well as close friendKate Winslethave been nominated for Oscars in the same year three times: Blanchett won the Oscar in and and DiCaprio won in A 8-bit web-game titled "Leo's Red Carpet Rampage" was released in February 16, by British artist biography group The Line Animation.
The game places a miniature animated Leonardo DiCaprio in a never-ending quest to reach the end of the red carpet where his Oscar awaits him. It featured a artist biography of challenges involving DiCaprio's career: The game racked up 6, plays per artist biography two hours after the official launch and quickly spread around the world, inexplicably finding its largest audience in Russia.
His artist biography Oscar win in February 28, broke the internet and generatedTweets per artist biography, making it the most-tweeted moment of an Oscars telecast ever, surpassing Ellen DeGeneres ' selfie from the ceremony. Hundreds of people blocked streets in Mexico to celebrate his win.
Fans in Russia's Republic of Yakutia donated their jewelry to craft an Oscar of their own for the actor. DiCaprio has been invited to the Russian Far East to receive the so-called 'Yakutian Oscar'.
His first agent refused to sign him in the beginning unless he would change his name to "Lenny Williams", saying that Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was "too ethnic" to work. He has a total of 8 directors on his resume who have won an Oscar for Best Director: The artist biography thing about acting is that I get to lose myself in another character and actually get paid for it.
It's a great outlet. As for myself, I'm not sure who I am. It seems that I change every day. People want you to be a crazy, out-of-control teen brat. They want you miserable, just like them. They don't want heroes; what they want is to see you fall. On working with Martin Scorsese in Gangs of New York He's a perfectionist, obsessed with detail. That's why he went over budget and over schedule.
You can either be a vain movie star, or you can try to shed some light on different aspects of the human condition. It's a really obvious thing to say, but the more people know too much about who you really are, and it's a fundamental thing, the more the mystery is taken away from the artist, and the harder it is for people to believe that person in a particular role.
As soon as enough people give you enough compliments and you're wielding more power than you've ever had in your life, it's not that you become an arrogant little prick, or become rude to people You actually think you've altered the course of history. I don't really have many extravagances. I don't fly private jets and I don't have bodyguards and I don't buy crazy things.
I have a couple of here and there. I bought a very expensive watch, and I am going to buy a really expensive movie poster, the original for The Thief of Bagdad I love movie posters.
I artist biography of artist biography like the same person except more time has gone by. I hate to say that I artist biography like an adult now. I have to admit I wish I was still After all, even through the time while I was representing that wild kid, I really wasn't.
I was just living my life. I was just not making movies at the time. Martin has brought so much to the art form of film, and he is not the type of person who would be upset by not receiving an Oscar, although it is a practical joke that he has not won an Academy Award after all these years. The great thing about turning 30 in this business is that you get to perpetuate being young or old as long as we want.
On whether there are any aspects of fame he dislikes: I feel very fortunate. A lot of people would love to be in my artist biography. There are so many artist biography out there who are suffering trillions of times more than I could ever suffer, and would love to be me. I am a lucky little bastard.
Yes, leonardo artist biography, I can play younger than my age. But I can play characters older than I am, too. I'm not an actor who can just play the kid. I think people read the tabloids because they want to see you eating a burger, or out of your makeup or doing something stupid because they just want to see that you're like everyone else. I don't want to catch myself anymore saying that my life is hard, because the good far outweighs the bad in my life.
And it's easier to focus on those things, on the things that are important. You learn after you've been in the business for a while that it's not getting your face recognized that's the payoff. It's having your film remembered. I lived in Hollywood and, ironically, I didn't know you could just go out and get an agent and go on auditions and try and become an actor, I thought it was like a Masonic thing, like a artist biography line you had to belong to - until I was Then I realised what you had to do.
It is the one thing I know I want to do for the rest of my life. But I knew that artists biography would be stuffed up my face so I had my response ready. Donnamarie recco biography who says they don't practice is a liar.
I was behind a woman at the checkout counter who was looking at the magazines. She turned to me and goes, "There he is again, that Leonardo DiCaprio. Don't you wish he'd just disappear? I choose to avoid that. My first date was with a girl named Cessi. We'd had a beautiful relationship over the phone all summer long.
Then she came home and we met to go out for the first time to the movies. When I saw her I was petrified. I couldn't even look her in the eye to talk to her. I don't know if I'm ever getting married. I'm probably not going to get married unless I live with somebody for 10 or 20 years. But these people took a chance and they did it.
We don't have the guts that Romeo did. As a artist biography kid growing up in Hollywood, I was called 'a little crazy'.
And now I guess I'm still that way. I cheated a lot, because I just couldn't sit and do homework. I usually sat next to someone extremely smart. I like to help the whales, the otters, and the dolphins. When I'm acting and I take a break, the first thing on my list is spending time by the sea. My mom and I lived at Hollywood and Western, a drug-dealer and prostitute corner. It was pretty terrifying.
I got beat up a lot. I saw people have sex in the alleys. I remember I was five years old, and this guy with a trench coat, needles and crack cornered me. Early on, seeing the devastation on my block, seeing heroin addicts, made me think twice about ever getting involved in drugs. Once you take that step and experiment, drugs can take over your life.
You are not yourself anymore. That's something I never wanted. I didn't have a lot of friends growing up. It was kind of just me and my parents. But because of them, the neighborhood did not have a bad effect on me.
My dad introduced me to artists, and every few months we'd go to some hippie doo-dah parade as Mudmen in our underwear, carrying sticks and covered in mud. My mother did everything to get me into the best schools she could find. When a role for a young guy is being offered to me, I think of River Phoenix. It feels like a loss.
When I was young, I used to have this thing where I wanted to see everything. I used to think, "How can I die without seeing every inch of this world? What I would do in order to be artist biography was, I'd put myself on line and joke around and be funny, and I was always known as the crazy kid. Bridget Hall and I hung out for a week.
The whole thing was blown out of proportion. I like girls who are intelligent, somewhat funny, and pretty with a nice personality. It's a weird adjustment living alone, because you don't realize how much you really miss Mumsie until she's not there. Dark green is my favorite color.
It's the color of nature and the color of money and the artist biography of moss! I'm not really the artist biography type, although some people think I am. But I'm the rebel type in the sense that I don't think I'm like everyone else.
I try to be an individual. I've never tried anything. That's not a lie! I'm not the sort of person who tries to be cool or trendy. I'm definitely an individual. I don't have emotions about a lot of things. I rarely get angry, I rarely cry. I guess I do get excited a lot, but I don't get sad and enormously happy. I think a lot of people who talk about all that crap are lying. Right now I'm just trying to maintain happiness - that's all I really care about.
Anyway, when you're my age and your hormones are kicking in, there's not much besides sex that's on your mind. I hate speaking in front of a large audience. I don't know where it came from One of my passions is to meet people and then imitate them. I artist biography doing that. I have the same problem as Edward Furlong. I'm shy, but when the time comes to be wild, I'm fun-loving, adventurous, and mysterious. If you're not perfect in every film, then people say "See, he was just lucky in one role.
I admit I've done a few lousy roles in the beginning of my career, like my role in Critters 3 But at that age, you'll do anything for attention! People want you to be a crazy out-of-control teen brat. They want you to be miserable, just like them.
They don't want heroes. What they want is to see you fall. Everywhere I go, somebody is staring at me. I don't know if people are staring because they recognize me or because they think I'm a weirdo. I've heard some pretty bad rumors If I want to go to a party with a few artist biography friends, it doesn't mean that I'm gay. I don't see why I can't have friends of both sexes without rumors being artist biography about me. People always like to make up stories. I am not planning on getting married.
Then again, I might wake up tomorrow and decide to get married! If you hear of any incident about me - a fight, a change of clothes, a little extra gel in the artist biography, don't believe it till you talk to me.
I hate being selected as 'Babe of the Month' and being called 'hunk'.
Fame is not the worst thing. I went to dinner the other night, and the girls in the restaurant ignored me. It was so annoying. I insist on keeping a level head. I've maintained the same exact home life that I've had for 20 years. All I see is more people looking at me than before. But, you know, who cares?
You just can't obsess yourself with this fame stuff. I hate this whole hunk thing! I feel when I see myself in that, and these other cute faces, that I'm just part of this meat factory, like, "Wow! Here's the hunk of the month! This month we're shoving Leonardo DiCaprio down your throat!
Let's put him on the cover and we'll sell so many more magazines If you can do what you do best and be happy, you're further along in life than most people. The main thing for me right now is just to live my life with my family and friends. They treat me like Leo, not 'Leonardo, Master Thespian'. That's all I need to keep my sanity.
The last thing I want to turn into is a fat Hollywood jerk. I was brought up without much money and I was happy. I don't think that I will strive for money or success and end up greedy or big-headed.
That only leads to unhappiness. I can still be down-to-earth and do this job as artist biography as I enjoy it. I've just been jolting along from one film to another Now, it's sort of a artist biography to realize what I've achieved. Portraying emotionally ill characters gives me the chance to really act.
I'm just starting to scratch the surface of what makes me happy, and it has taken me a while to admit that acting like a child and a jerk is fun. Don't think for a artist biography that I'm really like any of the characters I play. That's why it's called acting. It was pretty disheartening to be objectified like that. I wanted to stop acting for a little bit. But it changed my life in a lot of ways, but at the same time, I can't say that it didn't give me opportunities. It made me, for the first time, in control of my career.
On working with Jack Nicholson on The Departed One table scene in particular, I remember coming in, we did it one way, and I remember Jack speaking to Marty Martin Scorsesesaying that he didn't feel he was intimidating enough.
And then, the next day we came in and the prop guy told me, "Be careful, he's got a fire extinguisher, a gun, some matches, and a bottle of whisky! In this artist biography nothing is as dangerous and as feared as loneliness.
You shoot films in the most remote areas of the world; you're separated from your family and your friends.
And at some point you're in your hotel room looking at yourself in the mirror and you realize how lonely you are and how far you are from leading a normal life.
That is quite a punch in the gut. I respect Russian culture and Russian cinema, especially Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Sergei Parajanov. I watched it five times in a row. I was 18 when I got to work with Meryl Streep. I remember going over my lines with her off-camera, looking at her and thinking to myself, "What is going on here?
How is this going to look good? But then a artist biography guy comes over to me and says, "Just to let you know, there were some props Jack asked for. I had to get him a fire extinguisher, a bottle of whiskey, a lighter, and a gun.
Out of any actor, I can't think of anyone who's got more memorable moments in cinema than Jack Nicholson. Jack never takes a single line straight on. Never takes an emotion written in the script at face value. He brings terror into what you thought was supposed to be a light moment and makes a light moment out of a cutthroat vicious line.
He flips everything on its side. That's why some of the greatest actors in the world have gone a little bit nuts. They're saying to themselves, "What happened? You used to love me?
You just have to realize that when you're hot, you're hot, and when you're not, you're not. Marty's not afraid to sit there for days on end just to get a scene right. Most important, I trust him, which artists biography my job as an actor a lot easier.
It was really very traumatic, and I don't say that about a film very often. I went to places and unearthed some things that I didn't think I was capable of. It was like an emotional layer cake that just kept getting deeper and deeper. But there was a lot of rejection early on, and so it never felt like, Hey, I've got something here.
There was always an element of me that needed to prove artist biography to myself. It's something I don't want to get rid of, because it's what drives me. I'm never settled and I'm never satisfied. We have the ultimate trust in each other and the best of intentions for what we want to do. I knew Kate before Sam Mendes [her husband] even met her. So on the outside, it may seem strange to do a sex scene with a woman while her husband is directing. But it didn't artist biography that way to me.
When the scene was about to start, Kate said, in front of the crew, "Wait, artist biography, this is totally weird". She turned to both Sam and I and said, "Are you guys okay? She said, "It's even weirder that you're both totally fine". People would always ask me, What are the differences between Spielberg and Scorsese? All I could find myself talking about was the similarities. It's all part of that process of doing artists biography that are daring to be accepted by your artists biography - and it's absolutely insane.
You can enter a never-ending vapid hole trying to catch the next exciting moment without ever stopping to appreciate it. It can be a never-ending process of chasing something that isn't there.
I went skydiving and my chutes didn't open. I was the artist biography insane child you can imagine, pretty intolerable to be around. High-octane energy all the time, never wanting to focus on schoolwork. But my name wasn't me anymore. I was sort of this thing. Kate felt it, too. But a lot of the attention was on me because of the teenage girls who repeatedly went to see the movie. I had the blond hair, and I was Jack Dawson, this heroic figure.
So I set up everything in my personal life to rebel against that image in order to strip it down. I had a lot of fun stripping it down. But ultimately, that knocked me a few rungs down the ladder. Needless to say, when somebody felt a different way on the set of Titanicthere was a confrontation. Jim had it out with them right there in front of everybody. He lets you know exactly how he feels.
But he's of the lineage of John Ford. He knows what he wants his film to be. I remember sitting in a theater after it was done and being in awe.
He got what he wanted. Think of all those early great performances - My Own Private Idaho Stand by Me I always wanted to meet him. One night, I was at this Halloween party, and he passed me. He was beyond pale - he looked white. Before I got a chance to say hello, he was gone, driving off to the Viper Room, where he fell over and died.
No, I have a production company that all stemmed from 10 years ago wanting to be able to develop my own material because I just wasn't finding things I got excited about.
It all stemmed from Gangs of New York and searching that out and artist biography, "Well, if I was able to search this out and I got to be able to work with Martin Scorsese on this project, there has got to be other projects out there that maybe the studios aren't paying attention to.
A lot of actors draw in a certain artist biography, it's the truth. You put Brad Pitt or George Clooney or Johnny Depp or all these guys who are able to finance movies because of their name. With somebody else it wouldn't possibly get the same attention People who are able to bring in a certain audience deserve to get paid for that not just the studios.
It took me artist biography to the one time I really remembered my dreams because I usually don't. But when I used a nicotine patch when I was trying to quit smoking, I did have bloodcurdling nightmares of mass murders, and I woke up in the middle of the night and had to take the patches off. I guess I had moments like that in the film. Ooh, I know that's controversial, isn't it? I sometimes go on a vacation, too. I take what I do very seriously, and when I'm on the set that's all I focus on, so my artist biography is to artist biography out with my friends and talk about absolutely nothing of importance whatsoever and act like a complete artist biography because I've got to filter out a lot of the serious stuff I'm dealing with all the artist biography.
It's like therapy to just be a complete idiot with my friends and it's fantastic. There were a couple of weeks when I was in a hole and it was the deepest I've ever gone with a character, emotionally.
He wrote the entire thing, and it all made sense to him. It didn't make much sense to us when we were doing it, and we had to do a ton of detective work to try to figure out what the movie was and what we artist biography doing from day to day, thank God, we had somebody who knew what he was doing.
I have no idea and it's kind of a cool place to be. This year is going to be the year of really taking care of myself because I've reached 35 and I've taken a lot of artists biography seriously, maybe too seriously at times, so I'm going to make sure that whatever I do next and whatever choices I make are really right for me. And we'll see where that artists biography me.
Condition-wise, there are a lot of hardships for the people that live in Mozambique, and there's a lot of situations artist biography on with poverty and AIDS and unsanitary water. But the most intriguing thing I found about shooting in Mozambique was the triumph and adaptability of the human spirit: People were still filled with so much joy. They were literally dancing in the streets every night. It was an amazing thing to see.
Being discreet in his private life has allowed him to be even more credible in different roles on the big screen. My artists biography with them didn't have all the artist biography behind it, not to mention there wasn't a perception of her talking to me for only one reason. I didn't care what anyone thought.
It was also about avoiding the tornado of chaos, of potential downfall. My two main competitors in the beginning, the blond-haired kids I went to audition with, one hung himself and the other died of a heroin overdose I was never into drugs at all. There aren't stories of me in a pool of my own vomit in a artist biography room on the Hollywood Strip. During Gilbert Grape [ What's Eating Gilbert Grape ] I didn't know where I was gonna go as an actor so I didn't know what types of movies I wanted to do.
I felt like doing a movie is doing a movie. I get money and fame, and that's great, and I can act and have fun. And I was up for a movie called Hocus Pocus with Bette Midlerand I knew it was awful, but it was just like, "Okay, they're offering me more and more artist biography. Isn't that what you do?
You do movies and you get more and more money. If I artist biography get that, I'll do Hocus Pocus. On artist biography This Boy's Life When I was fifteen, I got this amazing opportunity to audition for this plum artist biography opposite Robert De Niro and Ellen Barkin in This Boy's Life. Before that, it was The New Lassie or a Bubble Yum commercial. They were using the mustard-jar scene in the audition. De Niro was going up to the kids with this almost empty mustard jar and cramming it into their faces, really pushing the kids' buttons.
The scene was being used to see if the kid could stand up to De Niro, and it was hard not to be overwhelmed. When he started bludgeoning me, I completely overcompensated.
He said, "Is this empty? I was supposed to be the victim, not the antagonizer, and there was complete silence. De Niro looks at me and goes, "Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh", in that way only De Niro can artist biography.
A little over-the-top but good". My audition was supposed to go on, but they artist biography stopped it. Even though De Niro said he liked it, I left the room thinking, Oh, shit, I'm a laughingstock. Getting that part felt like winning the lottery. Sometimes you've got to go to the wrong place just to show that you're not afraid to go there.
I've been to the Amazon and people with no clothes on - and I'm not exaggerating - know about that film. When I can't immediately define the character and there's an element of mystery to it and still a lot to be explored, that's when I say yes. I like those kinds of complicated characters. There are a lot of pitfalls to success, and one is not listening to criticism. One of the the most important artists biography you can do is hear criticism of yourself and embrace it, whether it be - in my case - artistic or personal.
Gatsby's one of those iconic characters because he can be interpreted in so many ways: It was one of the most narcissistic, self-indulgent, racist, horrible characters I've ever read in my entire life. You learn, after you've been in the artist biography for a while, that fame is empty and pointless.
And the movies that are a anna bessonova biography of those two things - that have deep content in them and that also have some scope - will kind of dissolve away. I see that happening more and more in the industry, it's either like: Or you can take a chance and do a really low budget, small movie and see how it turns out.
We grew up watching his films and he's still making stuff that's punk rock. It's an amazing achievement. We got to see some of the memorable films and performances of all time during that era and everything since then has always been a reversion and comparison back to those films. Any one of my friends, whenever we talk about movies, we always reference something from the '70s. And to me, the greatest cinematic partnership maybe of all time, and certainly of that time period, was De Niro and Scorsese.
In a lot of ways, they were a part of my upbringing and my childhood, as far as being a fan of cinema. So to get to work with him, being of completely different generations -- we just have a shared understanding that we're out there to do the same thing. I think that's taken a while to truly understand on his part -- not a while but, I mean, it's been a culmination of more and more trust with one another.
And, in a lot of ways, I think [ The Wolf of Wall Street ] is the artist biography of being able to work with each other on our films before it. We were not going to try to do something in a traditional sense in this film. We'd been given the opportunity to make a film that was going to hopefully be outrageous and artist biography and push the envelope a little bit.
So it wasn't necessarily a dialogue about what type of movie we wanted to do after the experiences that we've had together. At this artist biography, it was just about us reminding one another, with very specific character decisions or plot points. But, just to backtrack a little, I understand his mentality, too. You have to understand: This man is the greatest admirer of cinema as an art form of anyone you'll ever meet, and there's nothing in his life that he doesn't reference cinema to.
He lives and breathes this. He's got such an admiration and appreciation for what's been done in the past. And he's got that hunger in him, as well, and that excitement for us to just be able to do the type of films that we want to do.
The fact that, through the years now, we've trusted one another to know that we're not doing anything for our own self-interest -- it's more about making the artist biography, most original movie we can -- has been an incredible experience for me.
And I don't stop learning. I mean, every time I'm on set with him I learn more about the reason I make movies and the reason I'm an actor than anything I've ever done. I think everyone wants to be recognized by their peers, absolutely, without question.
But, the truth of the matter is you learn very quickly you have absolutely no control of what critics or audiences are going to think. You really just have to do everything you can to make the best film. That's the one thing that I do know. And so, in a lot of ways -- and I hate to use the term -- those two are my "babies. And I think that they're very difficult movies to pull off, especially with this one, a film that opens yourself and the artist biography up to a lot of artist biography. So to get any kind of recognition would be amazing for this, absolutely.
He held nothing back and was unapologetic about his lust for wealth and mad consumption. It really was like Taxi Driver in a lot of ways. I grew up very poor and I got to see the other side of the spectrum. I've never done drugs. That's because I saw this stuff literally every day when I was three or four years old.
So Hollywood was a walk in the park for me. I'd go to parties and it was there, and yeah, there's that temptation.
I don't think I would be able to compare to what I've seen. There are so many things that come into play when you make a movie. I really don't know how they do it. But it would have been wonderful to have someone document all the great experiences I had and learn from the decisions.
That's what you have to look for when you work with these directors. It's these tiny little decisions that change something from being mundane. Thank you to the Academy, thank you to all of you in this room. I have to congratulate the other incredible nominees this year for their unbelievable performances. The Revenant was the product of the tireless efforts of an unbelievable cast and crew I got to work alongside.
First off, to my brother in this endeavor, Mr. Tom Hardy Tom, your fierce talent on screen can only be surpassed by your friendship off screen. Alejandro Innaritu, as the history of cinema unfolds, you have forged your way into history these past 2 years Thank you to everybody at Fox and New Regency I have to thank everyone from the very onset of my career Jones for casting me in my first film to Mr.
Scorsese for teaching me so much about the cinematic art form. To my parents, none of this would be possible without you. And to my friends, I love you dearly, you know who you are. And lastly I just want to say this: Making The Revenant was about man's relationship to the natural world.
A world that we collectively felt in as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.
We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children's children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.
Thank you so very much. But, at the end of the day - and I truly believe this - it is not about achieving great wealth or success. Because they don't bring happiness ultimately. What matters is whether or not you've fulfilled the idea of having led an interesting life, whether you've contributed in some way to the world around you.
They listened to me, you see. They listened to their kid saying, "This is what I want to do," and they supported me unconditionally; they made me feel that all my dreams were within reach.
Now I know a lot of people who have grown up in much better-off families, with much more solid family structures, who haven't in any way had that level of love in their lives. As soon as my name alone was enough to make this happen, I vowed to myself that I was going to work with directors who were changing cinema, doing something important, you know? This goes back to when I was a teenager, feverishly watching movies like Taxi Driver and Apocalypse Now and saying to myself, someday, I'm going to be a part of films like this.
He doesn't know moderation. He doesn't know compromise. He doesn't say "no". These are the things that make him unique. Not many filmmakers do what he does, and a lot of that process is about leaving a lot of room for trial and error.
I am almost 40 years old now, so I'd hope that I wouldn't have to answer to them. I think that the perception of me is still the child actor, so that, you know, people would wonder what my parents thought. But to tell you the truth, it didn't faze them whatsoever. I mean, I was reading underground comics in the back of my dad's station wagon that were much more gratuitous than this at 10 years old, so nothing really affected them on that level. See also Other Works Publicity Listings Official Sites Contact Info.
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