I don’t review movies Leonardo DiCaprio has been in. I don’t talk about him on here, apart from the odd mention. This is not because I don’t like him or something, it’s actually completely the opposite. I adore Leonardo DiCaprio so much I actually find it hard to talk about him (I know I know, paging my therapist now…)
But today I am making an exception. It is the extremely talented, gorgeous and humble Leonardo DiCaprio’s 40th birthday, and instead of celebrating alone like I usually do by having a marathon of all his movies…instead I am going to rave about him (and watch his movies later…)
Not only is Leonardo DiCaprio an amazing actor, but he’s also an inspiring activist. I knew me and Leo were meant to be when I found out the work he was doing for the environment and animals. Being an animal activist myself, the fact that my favorite actor has his own charity, The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which is dedicated to “protecting Earths last wild places and implementing solutions that create a harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world,” granting money to the Elephant Crisis Fund to stop the trade of ivory and poaching, and committing $3 million to “Oceana to protect sharks, marine animals, and habitat in the Pacific and Arctic oceans” makes me a very happy woman.
Not only has he done all of this with his own charity, he’s also recently gave a speech as a UN messenger of peace, where he talks passionately about climate change whilst sporting a fabulously handsome beard and ponytail. Leonardo opens his speech with, ““As an actor, I pretend for a living. I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems. I believe humankind has looked at climate change in that same way: as if it were a fiction, happening to someone else’s planet, as if pretending that climate change wasn’t real would somehow make it go away.”
And ends passionately and strongly, saying, “Honored delegates, leaders of the world, I pretend for a living. But you do not. The people made their voices heard on Sunday around the world, and the momentum will not stop. And now it’s your turn. The time to answer the greatest challenge of our existence on this planet…is now. I beg you to face it with courage. And honesty. Thank you.”
But of course, I do want to talk about Leo’s acting. I’m slowly trying to build up my collection of his movies, my collection currently including Shutter Island, The Departed, The Great Gatsby, The Wolf of Wallstreet, Catch Me If You Can, and Django Unchained, among a few others.
I mention the above movies specifically because they happen to be my favorite. Not only because Leonardo is such a devoted actor, who is dedicated to every role he plays, but because he is so choosy about what movie he is apart of. Leo doesn’t just take any old role that’s thrown at him, and looking at his filmography, you can really see this, because every film he’s in has an amazing director and a great, strong, interesting script.
Before Django Unchained was released, I was apprehensive because I had never seen Leo play an ‘evil’ character before. I was concerned I would not be able to look past the fact that he was in fact, still ‘my’ Leo (once again, emailing my imaginary therapist as we speak), and therefore not really get into the character.
Well Leonardo truly proved me wrong. His character Monsieur” Calvin J. Candie, was so awful, so cruel, so evil, that I hated him. I hated him and I wanted him to be killed. I forgot it was Leonardo, until I came out of the movie and thought, wow. Leo is a better actor than even I thought. And that is really saying something.
So, here is a post in celebration of the day not only an amazingly talented actor was born, but a passionate activist, and overall, a credit to Hollywood and the world in general. He does not only inspire me on a daily basis, but just knowing he is alive in the world, makes me feel pretty damn good. Keep doing what you’re doing Leo, you’ll always be my favorite.
And I’ll always remember watching my first Leonardo DiCaprio film, Romeo + Juliet, looking at the young, gorgeous, fresh faced man on the screen in front of me, and thinking, damn. He is gonna be an obsession.
(But if you can keep a secret- personally, older, now, 40 year old Leo tops younger Leo any day. The older Leo gets, the better!)
What’s your favorite Leonardo DiCaprio film? Tell me in the comments or Tweet me!