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Here's our pick of his finest performances – what would you add to the list?
Whether you think of him as the modern day Robert De Niro or an overpraised Norman Lamont-lookalike (as people used to say), you can't deny that Leonardo DiCaprio has been in some excellent films in the course of his 20 year career – and was the obvious choice to take the title role in Baz Lurhmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
We asked readers to nominate his greatest performances – and here's an attempt to narrow it down to five of the very best, with suggestions from @TomorrowsEnd, @esmehaycox, @bobbyblowdart, @BafflerMeal and @amyjkhan.
Sadly there's no room here for his film debut in Critters 3 – let us know what else you think should have made the list in the comment thread below. Warning: spoilers and adult content feature heavily in these clips.
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- Adam Boult
While the critical response to Baz Luhrmann's lavish take on The Great Gatsby has been lukewarm, reviews have by and large praised Leonardo DiCaprio's central turn as the mysterious, tragic Jay Gatsby.
Digital Spy looks back on five of DiCaprio's most iconic performances.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
At the tender age of 19, DiCaprio earned his first Oscar nomination for Lasse Hallström's touching family drama. Playing the mentally retarded younger brother of Johnny Depp's put-upon Gilbert Grape, DiCaprio was deservedly singled out for praise by almost every critic despite being a virtual unknown. It's an intensely likeable and physically specific performance that elevates an otherwise predictable story.
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Adapted from Jim Carroll's autobiographical novel, Scott Kalvert's drama tracked a high school basketball star's descent into drug addiction. The film debuted to decidedly mixed reviews, but again DiCaprio came out largely unscathed, with Rolling »
Leonardo DiCaprio plays "The Great Gatsby" this weekend ... and, like his onscreen counterpart, Leo comes from some pretty humble beginnings.Before he garnered critical acclaim in movies like "This Boy's Life," "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "Romeo & Juliet" and, the biggest break of them all, "Titanic," Leo worked the small screen.The actor was added to the cast of "Growing Pains" in the show's final season, playing wayward teen Luke.The role quickly made him a staple of magazines like Bop and Tiger Beat and his appeal would only grow as he got older.Pretty crazy how successful he's been since!Check out the gallery above to see how he and the rest of the show's cast have aged since "Growing Pains" went off the air in 1992."The Great Gatsby" is in theaters now. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Featuring what could be one of Leonardo DiCaprio's most memorable roles to date, “The Great Gatsby” tells the tale of eccentric millionaire Jay Gatsby, whom everyone seems to know, but whom no one really knows much about. With that in mind, we've gathered up 18 lesser-known facts about the film's Oscar-nominated leading man. After a little digging, it turns out that DiCaprio may be as mysterious as the enigmatic Gatsby. 1. Leonardo DiCaprio was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. 2. He was born November 11, 1974. He's a Scorpio and was born in the Year of the Tiger. 3. His mother, Irmelin, is German. His father, George DiCaprio, is Italian. 4. His father was a comic-book artist. 5. His is an only child. 6. His middle name is Wilhelm, which is awesome. 7. He was named for the other famous Leonardo: Leonardo DaVinci. Before he was born, the story goes, DiCaprio's mother felt her baby kick for »
- Natasha Young
Leonardo DiCaprio's career has been pretty on point — you don't get to be Martin Scorsese's little muse by phoning in the rom-coms, ya dig? — but so far, he's been three for three no whammy when it comes to the Academy.
"The Great Gatsby" director Baz Lurhmann has spoken on the lack of gold statuettes upon his dear Romeo's nightstand and clearly agrees it's a grave Hollywood injustice which probably needs to be cured soon ... hint, hint.
Luhrmann told ComingSoon that he totally "agree[s]" with being shocked over DiCaprio's no-win situation.
"I'll tell you something else," Luhrmann said, "I don't think he's stepped off the mark in his life. What I mean is, if you have that much fame and if you have that much success, usually by now you're a nutcase. Usually, you're a legend, but you're also crazy. Because he's surrounded by… he's got continuity. When he »
- Amanda Bell
It's hard to believe Leonardo DiCaprio will turn 39 years old in November. It seems like not so long ago he was a fresh young face in the movie business. In the nearly 20 years since "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" was released, DiCaprio has appeared in over 20 movies, and has yet to take the time to slow down. He might now, though.
In an interview with Extra, DiCaprio says it might be time for a bit of a break. "To me, right now it's about getting a little breather -- getting some time off," he says, "Not a permanent break or not an indefinite period, but you know, just a few months off to do some other things." A few months doesn't sound so bad, considering Leo said in January that he was planning to take a "long, long break."
Though he may work a lot, DiCaprio has no complaints as he »
This week, Steven Spielberg's classic dinosaur thriller "Jurassic Park" gets rereleased in theaters –- in 3D! I vividly remember being in high school when it came out in the summer of 1993 and jumping out of my seat next to my best friends. It was an amazing year in theaters, with a mix of unforgettable Oscar-winning dramas ("Schindler's List," "Philadelphia," "The Piano"), hilarious comedies ("Mrs. Doubtfire," "Groundhog Day") and action flicks ("The Firm," "The Fugitive," "In the Line of Fire"). If you've got a tween or teen who has yet to see "Jurassic Park," get yourself to a theater, but if your clan isn't ready for lawyer-gobbling t-rexes and Samuel L. Jackson-chomping velociraptors, take a look at three more family friendly 20-year-old movies. Animated Classic - "Nightmare Before Christmas" (PG, 1993, 76 minutes) Netflix Amazon Instant iTunes Kids Will Love: The stop-motion animated Christmas-meets-Halloween musical is irresistible to kids who will »
- Sandie Chen
If you believe that fairies live at the bottom of the garden, then you might just find yourself in movie heaven (or a rubber room) with this whimsical yarn starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton. Others will be left nonplussed by a story that casts the aforementioned as a married couple desperate to have a child and then find one, freshly sprouted from a hole in the front yard.
Garner gives a master-class in dewy-eyed melancholy in the opening stretch, but writer/director Peter Hedges is also quite practiced in the art of balancing sadness against dreamy optimism (with credits including Dan in Real Life and the script for What's Eating Gilbert Grape). Here, though, it's just a little too much to take when those dreams magically come to life in physical form. »
Director Lasse Hallström has had as long and diverse a career as practically any director working in and out of Hollywood today. He has been nominated for three Oscars, two for his work as a writer and director on My Life as a Dog and another for directing The Cider House Rules. He has also directed beloved films such as What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Chocolat, and, more recently, the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Dear John and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. The director returns to the world of author Nicholas Sparks for his latest drama Safe Haven, opening in theaters nationwide February 14. I recently had the chance to speak with the filmmaker over the phone about finding such a talented cast (Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders, David Lyons), shooting in the actual North Carolina town of Southport, »
Say it ain't so, Leo!
Leonardo DiCaprio may be about to disappear from our movie screens. The acclaimed actor told a German newspaper on Friday (Jan. 18) that he was ready to take a break from acting for awhile.
"I am a bit drained," DiCaprio explained to a reporter from the German newspaper, Bild. "I'm going to take a long, long break now. I've done three films in two years and I'm just worn out."
How does a star like DiCaprio plan to spend such leisure time? While the actor was not specific, he did mention environmental causes and a desire to "improve the world a bit."
Don't worry too much yet about a lack of Leo in our lives. In addition to his role in the critically acclaimed "Django Unchained," DiCaprio will appear in two other films this year. "The Great Gatsby" (from Baz Luhrmann) with the actor as Jay »
"I am a bit drained," Leonardo DiCaprio recently admitted to the German press. "I'm now going to take a long, long break. I’ve done three films in two years and I’m just worn out." The star has certainly earned it. He started his career as a child appearing in various commercials before moving into television roles. Remember him as the homeless kid that the Seaver family befriended on Growing Pains? Yeah, Leo's been doing this a really long time. At only 38 years old, DiCaprio has a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in The Aviator and three Academy Award nominations for Blood Diamond, The Aviator and What's Eating Gilbert Grape. He's also a committed environmentalist, outfitting himself with solar, electric, hybrid everything...
- Alison Nastasi
I have heard a lot of members in the Gold Derby forums saying that Leonardo DiCaprio either has been criminally snubbed by the academy or should have plenty more nominations by now. I have read comments from fans moping about how DiCaprio will never get an Oscar since he couldn't get nominated for "Django Unchained" as if it were the last DiCaprio movie that will ever get made. -Insertgroups:12- It's starting to irritate me a little bit. DiCaprio has been one of the most successful men in Hollywood, and his fortune at the Oscars should not be overshadowed by his box office draw. To get an Oscar nomination would certainly be an honor for any actor. To get two nominations is such a rare feat that only 72 living male actors have pulled that off, and to manage three nominations is an accomplishment only 39 living actors have done so. DiCaprio is among this last group, »
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