Leonardo DiCaprio talks Hollywood, life and politics in GQ interview
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."The October issue of GQ hits newsstands Sept. 20.
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."