Leonardo DiCaprio caught up with Fox All Access to talk about his newest film, J.Edgar. DiCaprio says he learned about J.Edgar Hoover from the script. He tells FAC, that he really wanted to understand Hoover and why he did things the way he did.
Above, are some recent interviews Leo did for J.Edgar with GMA, E!, and Clevver Movies. Enjoy!
J.Edgar is now in theaters.
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Here is a nice interview by The Talks (online interview magazine) with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Mr. DiCaprio, wouldn’t it be nice to do a shitty romantic comedy every once in a while?
I am completely open for doing a romantic comedy but I will never do something just for the sake of doing a specific genre or because it’s the time or place to do a different type of movie. I think that would be a huge mistake. Ultimately I read a script and I say, “Woah, I am emotionally engaged in this.” I never think about the subject matter, what it will be to popular culture, what it means historically – ultimately all that stuff passes and this movie will come out and it’s either good or it’s not. So that’s the only way I know how to pick films, otherwise I am not connected to it.
How important is it for you to challenge yourself even further with every film that you do?
That really depends on the role. It’s always this grand search in the industry to find good material. Whenever there is good material they all jump on it and it’s like a food fight to get it made. That’s why so many things take years and years to develop because it all shows up on screen. If there are holes in the story structure, if it’s not a compelling, moving narrative, that shows on screen and the movie fails.
You seem to be winning the food fight, considering the material that you get.
It’s been director driven. I have to say that whatever decisions I make, I really do think that movie making is a director’s medium. They are the people that ultimately shape the film and a director can take great material and turn it into garbage if they are not capable of making a good movie. So that is why I have chosen to work with directors that I feel can transport themselves in the audiences mind.
You have worked with Spielberg, Nolan, Eastwood, Mendes, Boyle, Cameron, not to mention you are a regular with Scorsese. Is there anyone left on your list?
There are a lot of directors I’d still love to work with. Paul Thomas Anderson is someone I’d love to work with. I think Alejandro González Iñárritu is very talented. Ang Lee is very talented. I mean, there are a lot of people. There are many great directors out there.
How much of your life involves making movies and thinking about movies?
A lot of it, that is for sure. (Laughs) I can’t say that it isn’t the most dominant thing going on right now. Look, the truth is that I always wanted to be an actor; it was always my dream and now is the time where I am really able to choose my own parts.
You have been able to do that for a while…
Yes, but I know a lot of actors who I grew up with in the industry – growing up in Los Angeles – that don’t get to do that. I just keep imagining myself thirty years from now thinking, “Why didn’t you take advantage of all the opportunities you had? Look at all the people you could have worked with, the roles you could have done. Go for it.” And that’s what I am thinking.
So do you put other things aside?
No, I don’t. Either they fit in in a natural way or they don’t. I never want to force anything but I do know that ultimately this is what I love doing and those other things will find a way to happen.
So you always knew that acting is what you wanted to do?
I really don’t remember. But I do remember loving to imitate my mother’s friends. I’d do little performances imitating them, making fun of them, making her laugh, making my grandparents laugh.
Sounds like you were a handful.
I kind of am an energetic person. It seems calmer now, but you should have seen me when I was younger. Whew! I would have been very difficult to be around, especially before I became a teenager. I don’t know how my mother dealt with me. I was just running, constantly doing things. I am a lot calmer now, but I still have a lot of energy.
Do you ever think you’ll lose that energy and try something else completely?
I could one day. But I happen to love acting, I happen to love doing movies. We are all shaped from these memories we have as young people and those were my earliest memories: wanting to be an actor, pushing my parents to take me out on auditions. I didn’t even know you could get paid for it but I wanted to do it. When I found out you could get paid for it then I said, “Okay, this is what I really want to do.” I am getting to fulfill that so I am not going to do anything, for now anyway, to change that.
Is it strange when you reflect on how completely you’ve achieved your childhood dream?
I sometimes have to look back and say, “Wow, this is amazing what has happened to me. I have been able to fulfill a lot of these dreams that I had when I was very young.” I would have never guessed that I would have gotten to have one tiny role in a Martin Scorsese film and to have done four now, it’s pretty amazing. I have to say it’s a pretty amazing feeling. But at the same time it becomes addictive! So yes, my dreams have been surpassed.
Leonardo DiCaprio has a lot more in common with J. Edgar Hoover than you would think. The actor portrays the politician in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgarand he revealed some similarities he shares with Hoover in an interview with ET’s Samantha Harris.
“I understood his ambition,” said Leo, who began his career at a young age.
The Golden Globe winner went on to admit so differences as well, saying, “[Hoover] was motivated by his mother. She was like a stage mom in politics. I didn’t have anything like that growing up. I always wanted to be an actor just because I wanted to be an actor and I just knew that. It came from me.”
Even after all of their accomplishments in the movie business, Leo and Clint still put their art before any pay check — evidenced by the pay cut they both had to take just to get the film made.
“Everybody had to draw back a little bit because we want to do certain things,” said Clint. “That’s just the way of life. A lot of people probably wouldn’t do it; agents would probably advise you against it. … [but] would you really be proud of the results.”
J. Edgar is now in theaters.
SOURCE: ET Online
Yesterday (November 5), Leonardo DiCaprio attended the 2011 LACMA’S Art + Film Gala held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles. DiCaprio stepped out to show some support for J.Edgar director, Clint Eastwood, who was honored during the gala.
The 36-year-old actor served as the co-chair of the event alongside LACMA Trustee Eva Chow.
Gallery Links: Appearances > 2011 > [11.05] LACMA’S ART + FILM GALA 2011
Leonardo DiCaprio sat down with Michael Conte from SCREENSLAM to talk about his new film J.Edgar. View the full interview above.
Check out some great Behind the Scenes videos and clips of J.Edgar via Screenslam’s YOUTUBE page.
TIME Magazine recently sat down with Leonardo DiCaprio to ask him 10 questions about his new film, J.Edgar. You can read the interview below. Big thank you to Carolyn for emailing me about this.
How true is your new movie, J. Edgar, to Hoover’s life?
Historically, it’s incredibly accurate. Whatever happened with him as far as his personal life is up for interpretation, and I think the film also represents that. No one except for Mr. [Clyde] Tolson [Hoover's FBI protg and rumored lover] and Mr. Hoover truly know what went down between them, but they absolutely were inseparable partners throughout their lives.
So you think he was gay?
I think no one really knows the truth. Some experts will say without question he was a heterosexual man and Clyde Tolson was his business partner and they were of service to our country.
You and Hoover both had success at a young age. Did that help you get inside his skin?
I identified with his ambition. I’ve been incredibly ambitious ever since I was young and in some respects have had no reservations about going for things I’ve wanted without questioning what the result will be.
Also like Hoover, you’ve been famous for a long time. What is the worst impact it has had on your personality?
There are a lot of pitfalls to success, and one is not listening to criticism. One of the most important things you can do is hear criticism of yourself and embrace it, whether it be–in my case–artistic or personal.
This movie opens with terrorist acts in several U.S. cities in 1919 and authorities reacting out of fear. Is it drawing parallels with events of the past decade?
Very much so. The incentive for the screenplay was the stripping of one’s own inalienable rights as an individual and the [encroachment] of government on our constitutional freedoms. [Screenwriter] Dustin Lance Black was inspired by the Bush era.
Does your participation in this movie reflect your politics?
[Director] Clint Eastwood and I and Dustin have different ideas on politics, and we didn’t bring those to the table. For me, it was more a portrait of a man who protected his own secrets but spent his life infiltrating other people’s.
Given that both you and Clint have probably had stories told about you that were embroidered for dramatic effect, did you have qualms about doing that to somebody else’s life?
You have to make character choices. That’s what artistic license is. But yeah, I imagine if I were to see a movie about my life, there would be many things I’d argue with. There’s how history records what you did, but there’s also what your real intent was. That’s a complex web.
Are you interested in an Eastwood-style directing career?
It takes the type of temperament that Clint Eastwood has, because you’re not just focused on yourself. I want that challenge one day.
You’re making a 3-D version of The Great Gatsby in Australia with Baz Luhrmann at the moment. What drew you to Gatsby?
The idea of a man who came from absolutely nothing, who created himself solely from his own imagination. Gatsby’s one of those iconic characters because he can be interpreted in so many ways: a hopeless romantic, a completely obsessed wacko or a dangerous gangster intent on clinging to wealth through Daisy.
This doesn’t make the movie sound very romantic …
There’s incredible romance in there.
SOURCE: TIME Magazine
Yesterday (November 3), Leonardo DiCaprio attended the World Premiere of J.Edgar at the AFI FEST 2011 Opening Night Gala held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Check out the videos below from the premiere.
Later that evening DiCaprio was spotted heading to the after party for J.Edgar.
Leonardo DiCaprio sat down with The Hollywood Reporter magazine to answer some questions about his new film, J.Edgar, while doing so he had the time to do a Photoshoot with them. DiCaprio also talks a little about the re-releasing of Titanic in 3D.
The Hollywood Reporter is on newsstands November 11.
What drew you to Hoover?
How incredibly mysterious he was. The more I researched, the more intrigued I became. I don’t think you could ever know everything about him, but I felt I understood what drove him.
Which was what?
His mother. She was this really intense stage mom who wanted her son to have great glory. He lived with her until he was 40 years old; his father wasn’t present in a major way and was mentally ill toward the end of his life — I think he was manic depressive and unable to really function. Even when Hoover was under great criticism, she was always there to be his guiding force.
Who gave you the most insight into Hoover?
The only remaining man that worked with him, [former FBI deputy director] Deke DeLoach. I spent a day with him. I wanted to know what kind of personality [Hoover] had on a social level, how he held his hands, how he would fly at people, how he conducted his work at the office — all those minute details that only somebody who knew him for a long time could answer.
Did you reach any conclusions about his sexuality?
No one knows the answer. What this film is trying to portray is that, whatever he felt, he was not able to live out his personal life in a way that allowed him to love and be loved. But what you cannot doubt is that Clyde Tolson and he had a relationship that spanned most of their life; they lived with each other, had lunch and dinner, and [Hoover] left everything to Clyde. Unarguably, they were partners in some sense.
Did you grow to like Hoover?
I think he started off with good intentions, but I completely disagree with a lot of his tactics. I grew to have more respect for him and what he did; but like him? I don’t think I liked what I understood of him, his ideals or beliefs.
What about Clint?
He was fantastic; he always knew what he wanted and always gave you an honest direction. The man really trusts his own instincts as a director more than most people I’ve worked with. He reacts from his gut — he either likes what you do or doesn’t and tells you straight away, and you make adjustments on the spot.
Titanic is about to be released in 3D. Have you seen it?
I haven’t seen the 3D [version] at all yet; I am scheduled to — I hear it’s going to be fantastic. Jim [Cameron] called me personally to tell me this was going to happen. I said, “Cool! I can’t wait.” There’s nobody who can do it better.