Thursday, February 20, 2014

Entertainer Profile - Leonardo DiCaprio

It has been a while since I have done an Entertainer Profile, but judging from the amount of views they get, I need to start doing them more often. They are quite popular.  There is no one more deserving right now of one than a man who is pretty much at the top of my list when it comes to quality of movies and the pure awesomeness of his performances.  I would absolutely love to meet him one day and just pick his brain, not literally of course because that would be wrong.

He was born in Los Angeles, California in 1974 to George and Irmelin.  His father was an artist who worked on comic books and mom was a legal secretary.  He was put into the industry as a child and scored some small television roles, such as a cameo on Roseanne as a classmate of middle child Darlene Conner, which I saw recently and nearly yelled at the t.v. when I saw him.  He did a low-budget, direct-to-video film, Critters 3 and a now infamous stint on the final season of Growing Pains.  Then came This Boy's Life, being picked by Robert DeNiro himself for the role and as you can see below, the rest is history.

This Boy's Life (1993)
Whats Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) - Twenty years later and this film is still a perennial cult classic and the first of his four extremely well-deserved Academy Award nominations.  His breakout role as a mentally challenged teenager and brother to Johnny Depp's Gilbert Grape launched his film career.
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Titanic (1997) -  This movie is and will always be in my Top 5 favorites of all time, even in the top 3.  I still to this day find it to be one of the best written, acted, most enjoyable cinematic experiences ever to grace any screen, any where. The movie was the number 1 box office champion in the world until Avatar in 2009 and was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won 11.  Titanic catapulted DiCaprio into a worldwide mega-star.
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) - This was a solid movie with an excellent cast including Jeremy Irons, Gabriel Byrne, Gerard Depardieu, and John Malkovich.
The Beach (2000)
Gangs of New York - (2002)
Catch Me If You Can (2002) - DiCaprio + Tom Hanks + Steven Spielberg = good enough for me!
The Aviator (2004) - One of his best performances.  He was mesmerizing. His second Academy Award nomination.
The Departed (2006) - Lets face it, there is not a damn thing wrong with this movie. It's Scorsese and some of the best actors in the business in a dark, engaging thriller.
Blood Diamond (2006)  - His third Academy Award nomination.
Revolutionary Road (2008) - DiCaprio reunited with his Titanic co-star Kate Winslet was what won me over.  They portrayed Frank and April Wheeler, a married couple plagued with problems while living in 1950's Connecticut.
Shutter Island (2010) - DiCaprio + Scorsese + horror movie set in the 1950's = a damn good time!!!
J. Edgar (2011)
Django Unchained (2012) - see review 1-9-13
The Great Gatsby (2013) - see review 5-9-13
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) - see review 1-20-14

This profile is being written ten days before the 86th Annual Academy Awards where he is nominated for a very explosive performance in The Wolf of Wall Street.  I am honestly saying that he is who I am rooting for and if you do not know why, then watch the movie.  If you watched it and still do not know why, then watch it again.  As a writer who is working on another book and a movie script, I can safely say that I hope one day, one of my books or scripts for a book lands in his hands.  So Mr. DiCaprio, I don't know if you are even planning your retirement at the moment but all I ask is please wait to at least know my name before you do.

Thank you and see you at the next blog.

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