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Leonardo DiCaprio will have 24 personalities in The Crowded Room

02.27.2015

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Leonardo DiCaprio is looking to plead insanity in one of his upcoming projects. THE CROWDED ROOM will be adapted from Daniel Keyes' 1981 non-fiction book "The Minds of Billy Milligan" and will star DiCaprio in the lead role. The book chronicles the true experiences of Milligan as the first person to use mental illness as a defense against his crimes of robbery and the rape of three women in the 70s. He was eventually acquitted by saying that the crimes were committed by two of his 24 alternate personalities.

So far, this sounds very dark and should likely turn in a great performance from DiCaprio. The drama has been in development hell for a very long time with DiCaprio himself looking at the project for nearly twenty years. THR noted that James Cameron was previously attached to direct the film with John Cusack starring, a pairing I wouldn't have minded that’s for sure. We don’t know who will helm the movie this time around but DiCaprio’s Appian Way will produce from new script written by Jason Smilovic (LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN).

I hate to say it so early, but this could easily be DiCaprio’s Oscar winning role (if it doesn’t come sooner). The character is so bizarre and fascinating, it’s no wonder the actor has been eyeing it for so long. Milligan was abused as a child and diagnosed with those 24 different personalities. One of the personalities, Adalana, is a lesbian who took responsibility for the rapes. Wrap your head around that one. DiCaprio is one of our greatest actors today and there is no doubt that he can pull it off. Hopefully he gets the write director to show him the way.

Check out 2:20 for Leo's Jack Nicholson impression, sadly I don't think it will feature in the movie.

Extra Tidbit: Who do you think should direct?
Source: THR

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1:01PM on 02/28/2015
DiCaprio's worked with a lot of the top big-name directors in Hollywood (Scorsese, Spielberg, Eastwood, Tarantino, Cameron, Nolan, Mendes, Zwick, Boyle, etc.). One director I always wanted to see him work with is Fincher, and based on this description it sounds like he'd be a great fit for this film. Please make this happen.
DiCaprio's worked with a lot of the top big-name directors in Hollywood (Scorsese, Spielberg, Eastwood, Tarantino, Cameron, Nolan, Mendes, Zwick, Boyle, etc.). One director I always wanted to see him work with is Fincher, and based on this description it sounds like he'd be a great fit for this film. Please make this happen.
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1:40AM on 02/28/2015
Sounds great. DiCaprio is one of the best actors around. I know he can play mental illness because before I knew who he was I saw him in Gilbert Grape and thought they actually cast someone with mental illness, he was that good. And again he played Mental illness well when he portrayed Howard Hughes. Leo is as solid as they come.
Sounds great. DiCaprio is one of the best actors around. I know he can play mental illness because before I knew who he was I saw him in Gilbert Grape and thought they actually cast someone with mental illness, he was that good. And again he played Mental illness well when he portrayed Howard Hughes. Leo is as solid as they come.
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1:15AM on 02/28/2015
Since the Oscars, and I think I heard it before then, I felt like DiCaprio would finally snag the win for The Revenant. Especially with all of the recent success he and that director has received (and the actors he is directing). As long as it's released on schedule, I bet it'll at least be a lock for a nomination.
As far as this, it sounds interesting. Might check the book out. And Leo is my fav actor, so I'll def check his stuff out. I must say tho, that at least from that small
Since the Oscars, and I think I heard it before then, I felt like DiCaprio would finally snag the win for The Revenant. Especially with all of the recent success he and that director has received (and the actors he is directing). As long as it's released on schedule, I bet it'll at least be a lock for a nomination.
As far as this, it sounds interesting. Might check the book out. And Leo is my fav actor, so I'll def check his stuff out. I must say tho, that at least from that small description, I hope it's more of a Wolf Street dark comedy than a Primal Fear or Grisham courthouse thriller
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11:19PM on 02/27/2015
Martin Scorsese should direct, that'd be awesome...
Martin Scorsese should direct, that'd be awesome...
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10:51PM on 02/27/2015
I think it's safe to say that he easily has another Oscar nomination coming his way with this or The Revenant.

But since the Oscars are turning into a joke, he probably won't win (again) and Gyllenhaal will probably be overlooked again for another awesome performance.....seems to be the pattern these days.
I think it's safe to say that he easily has another Oscar nomination coming his way with this or The Revenant.

But since the Oscars are turning into a joke, he probably won't win (again) and Gyllenhaal will probably be overlooked again for another awesome performance.....seems to be the pattern these days.
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9:55PM on 02/27/2015
So this confirms that IF he doesn't win for The Revenant he'll win for this. Awesome.
So this confirms that IF he doesn't win for The Revenant he'll win for this. Awesome.
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9:51PM on 02/27/2015

Danny Boyle

He makes the most sense, I think. I really want Milos Forman, if that was an option, for director. Aside from the fact that he's 83 and hasn't made a movie in nearly 7 years, he'd be perfect. I would also suggest Sidney Lumet or MAYBE Barry Sonnenfeld?.
He makes the most sense, I think. I really want Milos Forman, if that was an option, for director. Aside from the fact that he's 83 and hasn't made a movie in nearly 7 years, he'd be perfect. I would also suggest Sidney Lumet or MAYBE Barry Sonnenfeld?.
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10:09PM on 02/27/2015
Sidney Lumet has been dead for almost 4 years... but if he were alive it would be cool.
Sidney Lumet has been dead for almost 4 years... but if he were alive it would be cool.
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9:31PM on 02/27/2015
Scorsese or Fincher. This should be dark and funny as hell
Scorsese or Fincher. This should be dark and funny as hell
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9:21PM on 02/27/2015
Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild) would be a good director for this material IMO.
Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild) would be a good director for this material IMO.
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9:19PM on 02/27/2015
Hahaha, that Jack Nicholson impression is spot on!
Hahaha, that Jack Nicholson impression is spot on!
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