Leonardo DiCaprio shares the secret to making it as an actor in Hollywood.
Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most critically acclaimed actors in Hollywood. The Academy Award winner’s most celebrated and controversial role was the role of Calvin Candie, the sadistic plantation owner in Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 movie “Django Unchained”. DiCaprio and Tarantino reunited for Tarantino’s latest film, “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood”, in which DiCaprio plays Rick Dalton, an actor whose TV Western prime has past and is struggling to land new roles in the new Hollywood era. In an interview with his co-star Brad Pitt for the “New York Times”, DiCaprio speaks about connecting with the character and struggling in Hollywood.
To get into character for the latest “Once Upon a Time” feature film, Tarantino showed DiCaprio several films that featured similar actors from that era. He reveals, “We had a screening of a multitude of B films that I had never heard of, a lot of 1960s television with actors like Ralph Meeker and Ty Hardin. These guys could have been McQueen-esque, but didn’t make the transition from black and white television, especially westerns, to career-makers like The Great Escape. So it was almost like a love story to them. Did they get that one opportunity? No, that may have passed them by. So let’s start talking about your character, what he might have been, what he’s struggling with as a working-class guy in the industry who has been playing the heavy from television show to television show. What that does to his psyche and his confidence?”
Leonardo DiCaprio tips for becoming a famous actor
DiCaprio has become a major movie star over the past twenty years, he can sympathize with other actors who have plenty of talent but did not land their big break. He explains, “I grew up in this industry, I have a lot of friends who are actors, and there’s so much talent out there. But it really boils down to being at the right place at the right time.”