Leonardo Dicaprio on 11 November he turns 45 years old. A birthday that brings its name back to the headlines after the images spread all over the world through Instagram of the Hollywood star next to the famous environmental leader Greta Thunberg, the release in the cinemas of the expected film by Quentin Tarantino, Once upon a time in … Hollywood (Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood) and his role as producer in the latest film by Clint Eastwood, Richard Jewell, the security guard who at the 1996 Olympics avoided a bomb explosion.
Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio, born in Los Angeles on 11 November 1974, it is not only the actor who has an Oscar to his credit, 30 years of activity at the highest level alongside directors such as Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Woody Allen, Sam Mendes and Alejandro González Iñárritu, to name a few, have a less well-known and equally important career as a producer, but can boast a twenty-year commitment to defend nature.
Since 1998, the year of success of Titanic, founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, a non-profit organization for the promotion of environmental awareness. It is known even if the cover dedicated to it by the now dated Time in February 2000 after his travels around the world to document the planet's emergencies and the meeting on major environmental issues with the then US president Bill Clinton.
Leonardo DiCaprio's artistic life and commitment to protect animals and the ecosystem are intertwined. On the page of his Foundation you can follow all the activities aimed at the well-being of the planet along with updates on prizes and outgoing films. Nothing more normal than to see him next to the young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.
"I hope that Greta's message can awaken world leaders and that the time for inertia is over," wrote DiCaprio, more and more intent on exploiting the enormous fortune accumulated with the film industry in favor of a greater and more common good .
Winning an Oscar is not the only goal of the talented boy, son of George DiCaprio an American cartoonist of Italian origin, and of Irmelin Indenbirken, who owes his name to a visit of his parents to the Uffizi in Florence because his mother heard him kick while he was in front of a painting by the great Leonardo Da Vinci. A name that brought him good luck given the success achieved since the first steps on the big screen.
The youthful restlessness, vented working on television series and commercials, finds a promising balance in 1993 when he shows his talent alongside Robert De Niro in Feel like starting over and plays the late brother of Johnny Depp in Happy birthday Mr. Grape under the direction of Lasse Hallström. For this interpretation he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
A viaticum on the streets of Hollywood that led him to appear in three films in 1995 and leads him behind the cameras of James Cameron in 1997 in the part of the romantic hero in Titanic next to Kate Winslet. A role capable of consecrating his fame worldwide even if he risked nailing it to the role of sex symbol par excellence and did not lead to an official recognition since it was the only film to win 11 Oscars without prizes for the acting actors.
Blond bob, blue eyes and sexy look lead him to claim victims especially among the supermodels, Kristen Zang, Helena Christensen, Gisele Bundchen, Bar Refaeli, Madalina Ghenea, Blake Lively, Erin Heatherton, Toni Garrn and Camila Morrone, to name the official ones , but its unique identikit does not remain.
Between 2002 and 2006 his characters take on a more mature connotation thanks to Martin Scorsese is Steven Spielberg: the first directs it in 2002 in Gangs of New York and in 2004 in Aviator, the second in Try to catch me in 2004 and in the thriller The Departed – Good and Evil in 2006.
Leonardo DiCaprio remains at ease in parts of action that highlight areas of shadow and a bad look that gives greater depth to the characters he plays.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg
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His well-established career in terms of popularity has a definitive artistic turning point thanks to films like Inception of 2010 where he indulges in the dreamlike labyrinth of director Christopher Nolan. In 2011 it was Clint Eastwood's turn to direct him into J. Edgar, a biopic on the career of the director of the FBI that forces him to paint a paradoxical and insecure character with a controversial personality and many dark sides: reactionary, racist, xenophobic, paranoid, unscrupulous and blackmailer.
Leonardo DiCaprio puts to use his own interpretative experience and his particular ability to hide behind a reassuring appearance emotions and feelings completely in contrast with his fascinating hypnotic gaze in two important films of 2013: The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann e The Wolf of Wall Street by Martin Scorsese.
Thus comes the time to win the first Oscar award and in 2015 with the direction of Alejandro González Iñárritu, Leonardo DiCaprio is the protagonist of Revenant – Revive inspired by the true story of Hugh Glass, a nineteenth-century American hunter abandoned by his companions in the northern United States after being attacked by a bear. Loneliness and the struggle for survival highlight all the qualities of an actor who plays with himself and his body.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese
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A challenge collected and won in the two films by Quentin Tarantino: Django Unchained of 2012 where he falls into the restless and black soul of an American slave-driver and the very recent Once upon a time in … Hollywood.
DiCaprio does the same to himself and to the Hollywood dream with brutal sarcasm and intelligent self-irony.
The parable of the character that Tarantino has sewn on him making him play the part of an actor incapable of managing his talent is perfectly mirrored in reality. Leonardo DiCaprio at the age of 45 has the maturity and potential to give his best masterpieces to the cinema.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Quentin Tarantino
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