Creator: Leonardo DiCaprio
I'm the king of the world! Woo-hoo-hoooo!Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson
(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
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
andThe 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:
- Adorkable: His real-life persona. He watches Barney, goes on Youtube and searches for obscure stuff like; 'frogs mating', makes slapstick jokes on the set, is a comic book and baseball card geek, watches anime...*
Claire Danes: When I first met Leo I was quite shy and nervous but he was very easy to get along with, [...] In fact I found him quite geeky...but an entertaining geek (laughs)
- 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 and Inception: 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.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: Say it out loud: LEONARDO DICAPRIO. Tell me you don't want to marry his name.
- Big Bad: In The Man In The Iron Mask and Django Unchained.
- Bishōnen: Particularly in his early roles.
- Bittersweet Ending: Surprisingly, there are a lot of movies where his character doesn't live happily ever after with his love interest; Titanic, Catch Me If You Can, Inception, The Great Gatsby...
- The Charmer: Cheeky, hyperactive and playful during his youth. It's no wonder he scored a lot of ladies.
- 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).
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a sarcastic sense of humor off-screen.
- 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).
- Former Teen Rebel: Not exactly, but he was known for his wild club-hopping and womanizing younger days.
- Heterosexual Life Partners: With Tobey Maguire.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Jack Dawson
- Hurting Hero: Nowadays he seems to end up playing this type of character a lot.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Leo has admitted that he hated all the overexposure he got from Titanic, and that he'd rather be known for his talent and not looks. Sometimes it seems like he's deliberately trying to look less attractive with every passing year.
- Mouthy Kid: In his teens.
Director of This Boy's Life, Michael Caton-Jones (affectionately):"He was a smart-mouthed little fuck."
Ellen Barkin apparently lectured 17-year-old Leo about clowning around on-set with her and Robert De Niro
and said that he should behave more like the two of them. And he retorted, "Like the two of you? Let's see, on one hand he did Raging Bull. On the other hand you did Switch. And you're the one who's telling me what to do?"
Leo (wincing): "Oh boy. Yeah. I was a little brick back then. Wow." (GQ Magazine, 2006)
- Apparently Leo was a small kid in school and had to learn to be a smartass because he couldn't fight the bullies with physical strength.
- 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.
- Also, 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).... you get the drift. Recently he's been looking his age.
- However, 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: See Adorkable.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Kate Winslet. They've been bffs since Titanic, and even collaborated again in Revolutionary Road. Both have repeatedly stated that they were close friends and nothing else. Shippers, however...
: "Before we met, I thought, 'I'm just going to fall completely in love with this guy'. Once I met him, I thought, 'Well, it's true. Leonardo DiCaprio is incredibly beautiful, but no way'. He's just so normal and so — what's the word I'm looking for? — fundamental. Very chatty and so funny that we laughed and joked around. Everybody kept saying, 'God, you two just get on so well'. Leo and I sometimes still talk about it and say, 'Oh, should we have an affair just for the hell of it?' But we wind up agreeing, 'No, we couldn't, because we'd laugh too much'. We just wouldn't be able to take it seriously."
- 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...
- And then you have his role as Calvin Candie in Django Unchained...
- 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: After heavyweight roles in Blood Diamond, The Departed, Shutter Island and most recently, Inception, guys are grudgingly admitting his worthiness in the badassery club.
- 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 Bishōnen 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: Quentin Tarantino wrote the part of Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds with Leo in mind, but later decided it was best given to a natural-born German with the necessary language skills. However, Leo did play the villain in Tarantino's next film, Django Unchained.
''... We have to go deeper.''