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Leonardo DiCaprio literally bled for his role in Django Unchained

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I think it funny that there was a time that I didn't think Leonardo DiCaprio was going to be much of an actor. After TITANIC, I was ready to write him off as an another pretty face that would bring in the box office but not the quality roles. How wrong I was. In fact, DiCaprio has grown into one of my favorite actors working today.

I am ready, based on the trailers for DJANGO UNCHAINED alone, to say that DiCaprio is the favorite for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in February. He is playing against type and is chewing the scenery with such skill that I don't see who else could take it from him.

In a feature looking at the prospective nominees for the Oscars, Variety interviewed DJANGO UNCHAINED producer Stacey Sher who recounted her experience with DiCaprio filming a particular scene which resulted in the cast and crew giving a standing ovation.

"Leo had slammed his hand on the table countless times and he moved his hand further and he crushed a crystal cordial glass," Sher says. "Blood was dripping down his hand. He never broke character. He kept going. He was in such a zone. It was very intense. He required stitches. [The ovation was] not because he cut himself. Because in that scene he had pages and pages of monologue. His performance was masterful. His level of commitment is extraordinary."

Now, I know a flesh wound is not exactly losing a limb, but it goes to show that DiCaprio is one of those rare actors that completely loses himself in the character he portrays. You can see multiple instances of this intensity in the various trailers for the film. I am hoping we are not getting all of the best bits in these trailers and this quote leads me to believe the meatiest part of DiCaprio's performance has yet to be seen.

DJANGO UNCHAINED opens on Christmas Day

Source: Variety

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10:36PM on 12/04/2012
The last time I really felt like DiCaprio was doing something different was with "Blood DIamond," he was ripped, and kind of a rogue. Like Filmaddict said, he's been doing the serious, intense thing a little too much.
The last time I really felt like DiCaprio was doing something different was with "Blood DIamond," he was ripped, and kind of a rogue. Like Filmaddict said, he's been doing the serious, intense thing a little too much.
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9:28PM on 12/04/2012

I Agree Completely

I didn't think much of him even though he was decent to good in the films before Titanic. But, just like Joseph Gordon Levitt, he did the work, honed his craft and now is an actor whose film I would see no matter what the subject (J. Edgar aside). He really is a good actor.
I didn't think much of him even though he was decent to good in the films before Titanic. But, just like Joseph Gordon Levitt, he did the work, honed his craft and now is an actor whose film I would see no matter what the subject (J. Edgar aside). He really is a good actor.
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8:30PM on 12/04/2012

DiCaprio = boss.

And I'm glad to see him expanding a bit beyond his usual 'intense' humourless type roles (Inception, Body of Lies, Departed, Shutter Island, etc.) into something that looks a bit more charismatic and wacky. (Not that he doesn't do the whole 'serious hero' thing well enough, but I always like to see actors getting out of their comfort zone a bit, as it often draws some of their best performances.) Can't wait for this movie.
And I'm glad to see him expanding a bit beyond his usual 'intense' humourless type roles (Inception, Body of Lies, Departed, Shutter Island, etc.) into something that looks a bit more charismatic and wacky. (Not that he doesn't do the whole 'serious hero' thing well enough, but I always like to see actors getting out of their comfort zone a bit, as it often draws some of their best performances.) Can't wait for this movie.
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