Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio has become a real reference in Hollywood and started his career on the big screen more than 30 years ago. Back on three essential roles of the star to review now on Disney +.
THE ROLE THAT REVEALS HIM TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Already doomed to a bright future, but certainly far from imagining the impressive career that awaits him, Leonardo DiCaprio is spotted by director Baz Luhrmann thanks to photos of paparazzi. The filmmaker, for whom the actor is obvious, then offers him one of the two title roles of his modern rereading of Shakespeare’s famous play: Romeo + Juliet.
Released in France in 1997, Baz Luhrmann’s romantic drama plays with codes by transposing the story of cursed lovers into the modern world, while keeping the original dialogues in 16th century English. A difficult exercise to which DiCaprio lends itself brilliantly against his partner Claire Danes.
This role also earned him the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 1997 Berlinale and revealed it to the general public. Meeting on Disney + to review this surprising work which marked a whole generation of spectators.
THE ROLE OF HIS LIFE
We no longer present the masterpiece of James Cameron nor the tragic story of this supposedly unsinkable boat which ended its crossing… at the bottom of the water. After spending twelve years at the top of the global box office, Titanic still holds third place today behind Avengers: Endgame and Avatar. A resounding success which elevates Leonardo DiCaprio to the rank of true star in the eyes of the whole world!
Almost 25 years after its theatrical release, the tender love story between Jack and Rose (played by Kate Winslet, also unforgettable) remains one of the most beautiful romances in cinema to this day, and it goes without saying, one of the most moving.
If Leonardo DiCaprio will have to wait until 2016 to win his first Oscar, the feature film Titanic won the stakes in 1998 with eleven prestigious statuettes won, thus equaling the record held so far by Ben-Hur, and shared thereafter with Le Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Whether it is for the performances of Leo and Kate, the bond that unites their characters (and the two actors that we love to see reunited years later), the true and moving story of the Titanic, the sublime staging of James Cameron and so many other reasons, take the time to rediscover this gem of cinema now available on Disney +.
THE ROLE HE TAKEN IN EWAN MCGREGOR
It is on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world that we find Leonardo DiCaprio in the early 2000s, that of Maya Bay in Thailand, made famous thanks to the film The Beach by Danny Boyle.
While Ewan McGregor, the director’s favorite actor, was tipped for the lead role, the producers are insisting that the Titanic star play the hero of the film. A decision that will ruin the friendship between Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor for more than 15 years!
Rather poorly received by critics, this drama nevertheless managed to exceed the bar of two million admissions in France upon its release. The spectators discover there the American actor in the role of an adventurous young man and lover of thrills on a trip to Bangkok, who, after an encounter with an extremely mysterious man, sets out in search of a heavenly place. At his side, two French people who are starting out in Hollywood: Virginie Ledoyen and Guillaume Canet!
Leonardo DiCaprio, convincing in The Beach, confirms his status as a key actor in the years that follow by working with renowned directors, including Martin Scorsese (with no less than seven films!), Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Sam Mendes, Christopher Nolan, Clint Eastwood and Quentin Tarantino. Rediscover his collaboration with British filmmaker Danny Boyle on Disney +.
Fans of the American actor can also find him now in the documentary Before the Flood, which reflects his commitments in favor of ecology and against global warming, and from January 14 in The Revenant, a role for which he won the Oscar for best actor in 2016, on Disney +.