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Creator: Leonardo DiCaprio
I'm the king of the world! Woo-hoo-hoooo!
—DiCaprio as Jack Dawson
Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born 1974) is an American actor and film producer whose career rose with his role in the television sit-com Growing Pains
. His critically acclaimed breakthrough film performance came in This Boy's Life
, and was quickly followed by Whats Eating Gilbert Grape
. His performance as the mentally handicapped brother of Johnny Depp
, in the title role, brought him nominations for the Golden Globe and Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor. He gained fame for his role as Jack Dawson in Titanic
, and has starred in many other successful films including Romeo + Juliet
, Catch Me If You Can
, Blood Diamond
(which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor), and Inception
. And he hasn't won an Oscar for any of them.
DiCaprio received another Academy Award nomination for his role as Howard Hughes in The Aviator
, directed by Martin Scorsese
. He has also worked with Scorsese in films such as Gangs of New York
, The Departed
, Shutter Island
and The Wolf of Wall Street
. This partnership was compared to the earlier working relationship between Scorsese and Robert De Niro
Tends to appear in a lot of Period Pieces
(The Quick and the Dead
, Total Eclipse
, The Man in the Iron Mask
, Gangs of New York
, The Aviator
, Revolutionary Road
, Shutter Island
, J. Edgar
, Django Unchained
and The Great Gatsby
) and to die in many of his movies
: The Quick and the Dead, Total Eclipse
, Romeo + Juliet
, Blood Diamond, The Departed, Shutter Island (sort of), J. Edgar, Django Unchained, and The Great Gatsby
He's an environmentalist, and produced and narrated a documentary, The 11th Hour
about environmental issues.
If you are ever in need of explaining to a non-Japanophile what a Bishōnen
is, try suggesting Leonardo DiCaprio.
Movies he starred in:
Tropes associated with:
- Age Lift /Playing Gertrude: In Catch Me If You Can he played 16-year-old Frank Abagnale. Two years later he was playing 40-year old Howard Hughes. A lot of people accuse the casting of being ambitious, to say the least.
- Anti-Hero: Tends to play this type of character in most of his movies
- Basketball Diaries: A 14-year-old Catholic school student who is also a heroin-junkie and prostitute.
- Total Eclipse: Plays poet Arthur Rimbaud, who also had an affair with an older man.
- Marvin's Room: Sets his house on fire in the first 10 minutes of the show. Has bipolar disorder and stays in a psychiatric treatment center.
- Don's Plum and Celebrity: Plays spoiled, bored, rich jerkasses.
- The Aviator, Shutter Island, Inception, The Great Gatsby: Plays characters with delusional behaviors and a warped sense of reality.
- The Departed: Plays a character who has to do some really shady things while undercover, such as participating in murder.
- Blood Diamond: Plays a racist South African merc who kills and cheats his way across Africa for his personal gain.
- Award Snubbed: He never won an Oscar. Mocking him for it is something of a running joke on the Internet.
- Big Bad: In The Man in the Iron Mask and Django Unchained.
- Chronically Killed Actor: When taken to its logical extreme, if he appears in a Baz Luhrmann film his character is doomed (since he plays characters that die in the source material of the two Luhrmann films he's appeared in).
- Fake Nationality: French in Total Eclipse and The Man in the Iron Mask (which were cases of not even bothering with the accent); and Rhodesian in Blood Diamond.
- Hetero Sexual Life Partners: With Tobey Maguire.
- Hurting Hero: Nowadays he seems to end up playing this type of character a lot.
- Knight of Cerebus: A rare case of his characters in some films. Several of his characters add serious conflicts and drama to the plot (and that includes his nicest characters too), making the film becomes increasingly Darker and Edgier.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Calvin Candie from Django Unchained is regarded as the most evil character that Leonardo DiCaprio ever played. In fact, it got to the point that even Dicaprio felt uncomfortable with a role this time, and shows genuine disgust in the character.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed:
- Gets an Expy in the Resident Evil game series in the form of Steve Burnside; although the character's inclusion was most certainly pushed along by the advent of Titanic being popular, his personality and actions are modeled on DiCaprio's earlier roles.
- Gilbert (Gil) from Hana-Kimi is modeled after Leonardo DiCaprio.
- Wrestler Brian Kendrick went by the name Leonardo Spanky earlier in his career in Japan, due to his resemblance.
- Old Shame:
- Any mention of Critters 3 would most likely result in a dropkick.
- He and Tobey Maguire sued to keep Don's Plum from being commercially shown in North America
- Older Than They Look: He looked 14 in Whats Eating Gilbert Grape (real age 18), 16 in Total Eclipse and Basketball Diaries (real age 20), 16 in Romeo + Juliet (real age 21), 16 in Catch Me If You Can (real age 28). Based on recent set pictures from ''J. Edgar'', the 36-year-old Leo looks right at home playing a 21-year-old Hoover. As one person put it, he looks about a decade younger clean-shaven.
- Playing Against Type:
- Funnily enough, his role as carefree, charming Jack Dawson in Titanic. He usually plays tortured souls with either a heavy past or troubled personality. Ironically, Jack Dawson seems the closest character Leo has ever played that resembles his real personality off-screen or Arnie from Whats Eating Gilbert Grape.
- In Django Unchained, he plays a sadistic slaveowner, and one of the main villains.
- In The Wolf of Wall Street, he plays a hedonistic Villain Protagonist. Furthermore, it's his first comedy role (aside from his cameo in Celebrity).
- Pretty Boy: Played these characters early in his career.
- Promoted Fanboy: Often cites Robert De Niro as one of his favorite actors, and co-starred with him in This Boy's Life (one of his first big breaks in film) and Marvin's Room.
- Sexy Soaked Shirt: Remarkably common to whatever character he is playing. He got drenched in a tub in What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, falls into a pool in William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, swims in the ocean in The Beach and Titanic, along other examples.
- Smoking Is Cool: He smokes in almost all of his movies, starting from the Basketball Diaries (age 20). In particular, watch out for the scene in Romeo + Juliet in which he's sitting by the beach, calmly puffing away while he writes in his diary and droning Radio Head music plays in the background.
- Star-Making Role: Jack Dawson in Titanic
- Type Casting: Double Subverted. After his Star-Making Role in Titanic, media pundits almost unanimously predicted that Leo would be another flash-in-the pan celebrity, typecast as a Pretty Boy teenage heart-throb before forever vanishing from the limelight after hitting 35. Unusually, he was Genre Savvy enough to move away from pretty boy roles into something grittier and started a very fruitful creative partnership with Martin Scorsese. Ironically, this led DiCaprio to being typecast in crime and/or business dramas, Scorsese's signature genre, where he usually plays intense, morally ambiguous types. Leo's lead role in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi film Inception was seen as an attempt at broadening his acting range... right until it turned out he was playing an intense, morally ambiguous mind thief.
- What Might Have Been:
''... We have to go deeper.''