I'm the king of the world! Woo-hoo-hoooo! Leonardo 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 What's 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
and Shutter Island
. 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 enviromentalist, 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.
- Ascended 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.
- Award Snubbed: Nominated for many awards. Won none.
- 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).
- Even the Guys Want Him: Two words. The Departed.
- Mr. Fanservice: The sudden heart-throb frenzy (dubbed 'Leomania') that erupted after the release of Titanic in 1997 was arguably on-par with the current Twilight craze.
- 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.
- Former Child Star: Subverted, he escaped the curse by picking good movies and directors (and was already a highly-talented actor to begin with).
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Jack Dawson
- 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 What's 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.
- One of Us: He's a fan of anime.
- 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 What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
- Pretty Boy: Played these characters early in his career.
- 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
- Teen Idol: Developed an enormous fanbase of squealing teenage girls after Titanic. Unlike most examples of the trope, his career didn't stop at this stage.
- 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.
- Wet Sari Scene: 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.
- What Might Have Been:
''... We have to go deeper.''