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Leonardo DiCaprio will take a bit of a break from acting

Jan. 18, 2013by: Niki Stephens

I recently saw DJANGO UNCHAINED and thought Leonardo DiCaprio did such a magnificent job. It's too bad the Academy didn't think enough of his performance to give him a nod for Best Supporting Actor. He and Christoph Waltz gave my favorite performances in the film, and rightfully so. Both were nominated for the same category for The Golden Globes, but DiCaprio lost the award to Waltz. It could have gone to either and been a win in my opinion.

It seems now that DiCaprio wants nothing more than to take a break from his craft. During a recent interview, the actor had this to say about his rather long and busy career:

"I am a bit drained. I'm now going to take a long, long break. I've done three films in two years and I'm just worn out. I would like to improve the world a bit. I will fly around the world doing good for the environment."

DiCaprio went from DJANGO to THE GREAT GATSBY to most recently, Martin Scorsese's THE WOLF OF WALL STREET.

While on the topic of do-gooding, DiCaprio confessed how he is keeping it green, "My roof is covered with solar panels. My car is electric. A normal person does not drive more than 50 kilometres (31 miles) a day. That can be done with a plug."

I don't blame the guy, and more power to him for wanting to do something good with the time that he does take off. I think he deserves it.

Extra Tidbit: Favorite DiCaprio film?

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11:44PM on 01/18/2013
Must be tired from smashing all that supermodel poon.
Must be tired from smashing all that supermodel poon.
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2:16AM on 01/19/2013
he shouldve been anakin
he shouldve been anakin
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11:03PM on 01/18/2013
Must be exhausted from busting his ass all those years, only to have that ever-elusive Oscar slip by him yet again.

Extra tidbit: Inception
Must be exhausted from busting his ass all those years, only to have that ever-elusive Oscar slip by him yet again.

Extra tidbit: Inception
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7:11AM on 01/19/2013
Probably taking a break to avoid all the damn superhero scripts.
Probably taking a break to avoid all the damn superhero scripts.
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11:08PM on 01/18/2013
He deserves a break. He's such a magnificent actor. Favorite film of his would be Inception, no doubt. He was brilliant in What's Eating Gilbert Grape as well. Got a Oscar nod for that one too.
He deserves a break. He's such a magnificent actor. Favorite film of his would be Inception, no doubt. He was brilliant in What's Eating Gilbert Grape as well. Got a Oscar nod for that one too.
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12:01AM on 01/19/2013

Take as much time as you need

He's done so much good work in films this past decade that he deserves a good break. We can last 2-3 years and when he returns it will be a warm welcome.

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Favorite Performance - Django
Favorite film - Gangs of New York
He's done so much good work in films this past decade that he deserves a good break. We can last 2-3 years and when he returns it will be a warm welcome.

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Favorite Performance - Django
Favorite film - Gangs of New York
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3:01AM on 01/19/2013
Gah! Don't take too long of a break. DiCaprio is an amazing actor.

Tidbit: Gangs of New York is my favorite film with Dicaprio. Dead Rabbits!
Gah! Don't take too long of a break. DiCaprio is an amazing actor.

Tidbit: Gangs of New York is my favorite film with Dicaprio. Dead Rabbits!
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3:36PM on 01/19/2013
You know as much as I might want to jump on the oh poor tired millionaire band wagon, at least he is doing something. Sure no one person can save the world, and hell maybe all of us can't at this point but its better than being simply a drain on society like 90 percent of the other socialite, actors, famous people are.
Honestly if you had his millions would you even give a second thought about the good of others while you plowed your way through euro trash models and cocaine?
I wish I had
You know as much as I might want to jump on the oh poor tired millionaire band wagon, at least he is doing something. Sure no one person can save the world, and hell maybe all of us can't at this point but its better than being simply a drain on society like 90 percent of the other socialite, actors, famous people are.
Honestly if you had his millions would you even give a second thought about the good of others while you plowed your way through euro trash models and cocaine?
I wish I had the dough to drive an electric but oh well looks like Leo and Ed Bagley JR can do that for me.
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1:20PM on 01/19/2013
I don't mind him taking a break, I just hope it isn't too long b/c I think he's a great actor and consistently gives good performances. He's already worked with most of the top directors in the business these days: Spielberg, Scorsese, Cameron, Nolan, Boyle, Mendes, Zwick, Tarantino, Eastwood, Scott, etc. I would love to see him work with Fincher in the future.
I don't mind him taking a break, I just hope it isn't too long b/c I think he's a great actor and consistently gives good performances. He's already worked with most of the top directors in the business these days: Spielberg, Scorsese, Cameron, Nolan, Boyle, Mendes, Zwick, Tarantino, Eastwood, Scott, etc. I would love to see him work with Fincher in the future.
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11:58PM on 01/18/2013
Flying around the world to help the environment kind of seems like an oxymoron too bad everyone can't afford an electric car and solar panels, but the other stuff is good. Regardless of that fact good for him, he is a great actor and if he needs a break then go right ahead.
Flying around the world to help the environment kind of seems like an oxymoron too bad everyone can't afford an electric car and solar panels, but the other stuff is good. Regardless of that fact good for him, he is a great actor and if he needs a break then go right ahead.
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11:57PM on 01/18/2013
All the great ones take long breaks. Go Leo!
All the great ones take long breaks. Go Leo!
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7:58PM on 01/19/2013
Kick this guy off the site. :/
Kick this guy off the site. :/
10:10AM on 01/20/2013

Flying is worse for the environment than burning tyres in your back yard.

Should have thought that one through.
Should have thought that one through.
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4:34AM on 01/19/2013
"I would like to improve the world a bit. I will fly around the world doing good for the environment."

Sounds perhaps a bit naive - but really, the more influential people with capital involved, the better. Hope he will be back soon though, perhaps doing the Viking drama movie together with Gibson.
"I would like to improve the world a bit. I will fly around the world doing good for the environment."

Sounds perhaps a bit naive - but really, the more influential people with capital involved, the better. Hope he will be back soon though, perhaps doing the Viking drama movie together with Gibson.
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11:47PM on 01/18/2013

A break

The dude needs a break. He has been in a lot of rolls, and if he thinks he needs a break, he needs a break.
The dude needs a break. He has been in a lot of rolls, and if he thinks he needs a break, he needs a break.
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11:44PM on 01/18/2013
This would suck only if we didn't have any new movies of his on the horizon. But we have two so I think we'll be fine if he takes a long deserved break.

My favorite movies that he is in is Django Unchained, my favorite movie that he is when he is the main character is The Departed and my favorite performance from him overall is tied with Blood Diamond and Django Unchained.
This would suck only if we didn't have any new movies of his on the horizon. But we have two so I think we'll be fine if he takes a long deserved break.

My favorite movies that he is in is Django Unchained, my favorite movie that he is when he is the main character is The Departed and my favorite performance from him overall is tied with Blood Diamond and Django Unchained.
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7:40AM on 01/21/2013

"I will fly around the world doing good for the environment."

Thanks Captain Planet, but the amount of carbon you're going to burn flying around the world in your private jet is going to negate any good you'll be doing by talking (in-between lying on various beaches) about how people should live their lives.

You were fantastic in The Aviator, by the way.
Thanks Captain Planet, but the amount of carbon you're going to burn flying around the world in your private jet is going to negate any good you'll be doing by talking (in-between lying on various beaches) about how people should live their lives.

You were fantastic in The Aviator, by the way.
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4:43PM on 01/19/2013
I'm ok with that. Everyone wants a break from their job, and if he can afford it, why not. I wouldn't say I'm a huge Leo fan, but I have come to appreciate him as an actor. At least he wants to go do something good.
I'm ok with that. Everyone wants a break from their job, and if he can afford it, why not. I wouldn't say I'm a huge Leo fan, but I have come to appreciate him as an actor. At least he wants to go do something good.
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11:50AM on 01/19/2013
Good for him, everyone needs to unwind!! Tidbit: I like all of his movies but always partial to Blood Diamond and Inception.
Good for him, everyone needs to unwind!! Tidbit: I like all of his movies but always partial to Blood Diamond and Inception.
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8:45AM on 01/21/2013
In fairness to the guy, he didn't say he was going to fly around the world in a plane...
In fairness to the guy, he didn't say he was going to fly around the world in a plane...
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7:51PM on 01/19/2013
Seems attempting to save the envrionment would be a little more draining than acting, but what do I know. Plus, 3 films in two years? Based on the comments below, I guess I'm the only one that doesn' t think that sounds like that much work, at least not for this blue collar worker. Plus I'm sure his co-star Samuel Jackson did about 20 over that same span.
Seems attempting to save the envrionment would be a little more draining than acting, but what do I know. Plus, 3 films in two years? Based on the comments below, I guess I'm the only one that doesn' t think that sounds like that much work, at least not for this blue collar worker. Plus I'm sure his co-star Samuel Jackson did about 20 over that same span.
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3:28AM on 01/21/2013

extra tidbit

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3:35AM on 01/20/2013

You could have saved him. :-(

Oh and my favorite Leo film would have to be a tie between The Aviator and Catch Me If You Can.
Oh and my favorite Leo film would have to be a tie between The Aviator and Catch Me If You Can.
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11:15PM on 01/19/2013

too many to pick

reading through the comments, it seems like everyone has a different favorite film of his. And thats pretty good. So far i havent seen anyone post a film that made me think "really? that one?". It just shows the amount of different and quality work he's done
reading through the comments, it seems like everyone has a different favorite film of his. And thats pretty good. So far i havent seen anyone post a film that made me think "really? that one?". It just shows the amount of different and quality work he's done
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9:53AM on 01/19/2013
If I were him, I would take a break too. He deserves a vacation. Extra tidbit: Romeo and Juliet. Not many people can pull off Shakespeare's play so eloquently.
If I were him, I would take a break too. He deserves a vacation. Extra tidbit: Romeo and Juliet. Not many people can pull off Shakespeare's play so eloquently.
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7:53PM on 02/20/2013

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Gangs of New York. Good for him.
Gangs of New York. Good for him.
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7:52AM on 01/21/2013

I'm sure he means well but...

...flying round the world to help the enviroment?? for reals???
...flying round the world to help the enviroment?? for reals???
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11:46PM on 01/18/2013
Would also love to see him do a film with Ryan Gosling.
Would also love to see him do a film with Ryan Gosling.
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7:27AM on 01/21/2013

Extra tidbit: Inception

Good to see a celebrity who cares about more than just himself.
Good to see a celebrity who cares about more than just himself.
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6:16PM on 01/19/2013
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3:10PM on 01/20/2013
am i the only one who thought leo's southern accent in Django was a little dubious?
am i the only one who thought leo's southern accent in Django was a little dubious?
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3:06AM on 01/19/2013
"I would like to improve the world a bit. I will fly around the world doing good for the environment." Great to start the day with a good chuckle. Thanks Leo!
"I would like to improve the world a bit. I will fly around the world doing good for the environment." Great to start the day with a good chuckle. Thanks Leo!
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11:25PM on 01/18/2013

Take the time...

...to lose a few lbs.

You're too young to be puffy Leo.
...to lose a few lbs.

You're too young to be puffy Leo.
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11:25PM on 01/18/2013
Oh, and you're overrated.
Oh, and you're overrated.
11:45PM on 01/18/2013
Overrated? Are you kidding me? He's easily the best consistent actor working today. I would love to hear your reasons why you think he is overrated.
Overrated? Are you kidding me? He's easily the best consistent actor working today. I would love to hear your reasons why you think he is overrated.
12:34AM on 01/19/2013
Solo-man, I could easily give you many examples of Leo's under-par work, but it would require: a screening room, several hours, and an appreciation for understated acting. Leo peaked early. Gilbert Grape is the best shit that guy will ever do. You can't go back and see it with fresh eyes, but when that thing first came out, I swear to Christ, I thought the kid was a bona fide retard. No disrespect. A bona fide retard. I had to ask my buddy, "Is that guy actually retarded?" He was that
Solo-man, I could easily give you many examples of Leo's under-par work, but it would require: a screening room, several hours, and an appreciation for understated acting. Leo peaked early. Gilbert Grape is the best shit that guy will ever do. You can't go back and see it with fresh eyes, but when that thing first came out, I swear to Christ, I thought the kid was a bona fide retard. No disrespect. A bona fide retard. I had to ask my buddy, "Is that guy actually retarded?" He was that good.

No. He just seems like he's acting now. He's trying to hard. He was decent as Calvin Candie (if not a little chewy).

There is a desperation to his acting now. He's the new Tom Cruise, in a way. Very little respect from the Academy. A crowd favorite who tries to hard to win the approval of his peers, plays it for show. It's just not as natural as what he did prior to Titanic , before he became "Leo", the Führer's wet dream in cinematic form. He never recaptured the magic of his former naivety. He's chasing himself. And it shows.
Don't get me wrong, he turns in some good performances, but ain't usually the all the way through. He's spotty. It's okay to admit it. The three notable exceptions on this list are, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, THE DEPARTED, and INCEPTION. He owned all of those roles. No denying it.
Go back & watch his early shit. You'll get it.
I think the guy is overrated, but it doesn't mean he's a bad actor. He just ain't a great one.
12:42AM on 01/19/2013

Super cape/heat/xray ray vision.

You know something go FUCK YOURSELF.

"Oooo, I'm tired of "acting" guess I'll take a break and work on, oh I don't know.... maybe saving the world."
FAG.
You know something go FUCK YOURSELF.

"Oooo, I'm tired of "acting" guess I'll take a break and work on, oh I don't know.... maybe saving the world."
FAG.
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12:53AM on 01/19/2013
Amen brother!
Amen brother!
2:29AM on 01/19/2013
Kick this guy off the site
Kick this guy off the site
2:10PM on 01/20/2013
Wow, I don't think I've ever seen a triple digit thumbs down score before.
Wow, I don't think I've ever seen a triple digit thumbs down score before.
3:42PM on 01/21/2013
Wow, didnt think it went that low
Wow, didnt think it went that low
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