Leonardo DiCaprio has a pretty easy life. He makes millions of dollars per movie. He dates supermodels. He has his pick of what he wants to do, when he wants to do it and if he wants to do it.
In the October issue of GQ, the star of the upcoming movie “J. Edgar” — a biopic about former FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover — talks on a variety of topics including working in Hollywood, life and politics.
Here are a few interesting things he discusses:
On the business end of show business: “Throughout my career, I never knew which movies of mine made money and which didn’t. When ‘Titanic’ came out, people would say, ‘Do you realize what a success this is?’ And I’d say, ‘Yeah, yeah, it’s a hit.’ The [money] stuff never mattered to me until I was into my thirties and got interested in producing.”
On the influence of his family: “My father has always been a huge force with me. I had passed on a script about the French poet Arthur Rimbaud [Total Eclipse]. He explained to me that Rimbaud was the James Dean of his time–a radical who took on the institution of poetry and turned it upside down. I did the movie, and I loved playing him.”
On the first time he worked with Robert De Niro: “My introduction to acting in films was with De Niro in ‘This Boy’s Life.’ When I got the part I was 15, and somebody said, ‘Do you realize who you’re gonna work with?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I guess.’ And they said, ‘No, no, no. Go watch all of his films,’ … So I obsessively watched films … I was like, ‘Oh, my God, how can anyone ever hope to achieve that type of greatness?'”
On selecting projects: “If I just waited for moments of ‘I have to do this,’ I would do a movie only every four or five years.”
On the politics of gay marriage: “That’s the most infuriating thing–watching people focus on these things. Meanwhile, there’s the onset of global warming and these incredibly scary and menacing things with the future of our economy.”
The October issue of GQ hits newsstands Sept. 20.