Friday, June 24, 2011

5 Reasons Why I Love Leonardo DiCaprio

It would seem that just about everyone I know likes Leonardo DiCaprio. But I am the one who can out-like you all. Had I been a lot older during the time of Leo-Mania, I would have been the president of the whole thing. I have watched almost every Leo movie in existence. And hells yeah, I'm looking forward to J. Edgar more than anyone, because 1) I actually think that this could be his Oscar movie and 2) he kisses Armie Hammer. Who just so happens to be one of the best looking guys I've ever seen. Anyway, here's my 5 reasons for loving Leonardo DiCaprio all the way to the moon and back (and there's plenty more where this came from):

1. "Show me all the blue prints. Show me all the blue prints..."

Probably my favourite performance of Leo's was in the Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator. I've always been a sucker for actors playing people with mental problems, but Leo's portrayal of an obsessive compulsive disorder sufferer was one of the best performances I've ever seen. From the ever present hearing inability to the madness of him bearding up and staying in his cinema for weeks on end...Leo fit the role of a megalomaniac billionaire like a glove. He sure had a lot to work with, and he rose to the challenge happily. It's just a shame that he didn't get the Oscar, but come to think of it, Jamie Foxx was quite good in Ray.

2. Most people fell in love with him when they watched Titanic. I fell in love with him...

...when I first saw his Oscar nominated early performance in What's Eating Gilbert Grape back in early 2009. I simply didn't know that he was capable of doing a role so well. Here he plays a mentally retarded young boy, and my goodness, does he completely own doing that. Seriously, he'll have you believe that he is actually retarded. His performance as Arnie Grape should have won the Oscar. If you haven't seen this movie, then I think you should. Why? Because it's unlike anything you've ever seen Leonardo DiCaprio do. I, to this day, can't believe that that's the same guy who was in Inception.

3. How hip he was back in the 90's.

By the time Leo-Mania struck, I was still crying my head off in the cot and getting my daily exercise in the Jolly Jumper, but I imagine that it could have been something similar to Bieber-Fever, just with a way cooler person. How could you not love Leo in the 90's? He was the cutest guy ever. I would totally go all "OMFG LEO D 4EVA ILY XOXO" over him. Because at least he could act. He was absolutely brilliant in Romeo + Juliet and Titanic (but that's nothing compared to what he's capable of doing now), so it's no wonder why he had such a huge fanbase.

4. ...and how amazing he is now.

In his career, he has worked with some of the finest directors. Clint Eastwood, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Baz Luhrmann, James Cameron,Woody Allen, Sam Mendes, Ridley you can see, he always gets the best. His filmography is one which is pretty select. Sure, he has his bad apples, but he has starred in some bloody good movies for some bloody good directors. With every film that he does, he continues to improve on his craft and never turns in a bad performance. Which is why I can't wait to see J. Edgar - I truly think this will be his stand-out performance, and I hope that he is given the Oscar he so deserves.

5. He's booked out until 2015 already.

Snooping around on his IMDb page I found that he has a lot of "projects in development". 19, to be exact. He probably won't star in all of these, mainly because most of them have been on there for ages without any confirmation. But you can tell he's very much in demand, which I can't complain about. The more Leo, the better. I can't wait to see what happens with Baz Luhrmann's production of The Great Gatsby, which he is starring in alongside Carey Mulligan, Tobey Macguire, Isla Fisher and Joel Edgerton. And if he does star in Django Unchained? I will probably die and go to heaven. Him teaming up with Quentin Tarantino will be the best thing that's happened to me since he teamed up with Christ Nolan! He's just got to team up with David Fincher, and I'll be set...

So, why do you love Leonardo DiCaprio? Any favourite performances of his you just want to share?


  1. Yeah I'm a fan! He is a bit of a dickhead in his private life but he is a damn fine actor.
    Personal favorite is blood Diamond and then The Departed. A gifted actor and one of the best of our generation in my opinion.
    He'll be good as J. Edgar Hoover and Clint Eastwood is a very fine director so it should be a very good film.

    He was my first love. He and Kate should marry.

    1. Exactly. And everyone KNOWS they are i'm love, they're both to chicken to admit it though haha. But just imagine him proposing to her... "Kate, I love you and I want to spend the rest of my life with you... let's get married :D" omg it gives me the chills, sorry i'm a bit obsessed haha

  3. OMG. I didn't know that Leo kisses Armie in this film. I was aware that there must be something like that but... well, you enriched my knowledge about the movie.

    Another point... I also love performances of mentally ill people. Their portrayals are so interesting. I agree that Arnie Grape part is Oscar worthy. I mean I have no idea how it is possible to play it like he did!

    Now I saw almost all of his major movies, and it is true that his filmography is a select one. My fave film with him is Inception (well, yeah), and as for part, Gangs of New York.

  4. I'm one of the few people I know who saw him for the first time in The Basketball Diaries, before I even saw Titanic or WEGG or anything else, and when I picture Leo, I see him standing outside a door pleading in that movie. Or getting shot in the head in The Departed. Y'know, either or.

  5. Brent - He is definitely one of the best actors of our generation! J. Edgar should be marvellous, especially seeing as it is written by Dustin Lance Black, writer of Milk!

    Nikhat - Indeed they should!

    Lesya - I am getting seriously excited about Armie and Leo kissing! It should be very interesting indeed!
    Arnie Grape was Oscar worthy. He should have won, no matter what!
    My favourite film of his is the same as yours, but my favourite part is The Aviator.

    Anna - Same!

    magnoliaforever - He was brilliant in The Basketball Diaries. And The Departed. In fact, when I picture him, I see him getting shot in the head too. Haha.

  6. leo is just awesome.The way he slips into his roles is just unbelievable.He's a perfectionist..whether it's arnie, or richard, or romeo, or amsterdam, or frank j. abagnale, or danny archer or jack dawson....i'm one of the greatest fans LEONARDO DICAPRIO....long live leo!!

  7. He's still hot!!!! He only keeps getting better!!!!

  8. Okay, him and Kate need to get married already. There is so much more I want to say about him, but you'll be scrolling for days. But seriously. Kaleo, ftw


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