January 12, 2012

The many faces of: Leonardo DiCaprio

Look out for any trends here. I’ll give you a hint – Leo seems to favour the title role in autobiographically based films, and Martin Scorsese.

As Tobias (Toby) Wolff in This Boy’s Life (1993), an adaptation of the memoir of the same name by Tobias Wolff (1989):

As Arnie Grape in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). The screenplay by Peter Hedges was adapted from his 1991 novel of the same name:

As Jim Carroll in The Basketball Diaries (1995). Based on the autobiographical book of the same name by Jim Carroll:

As Romeo Montague in the 1996 Baz Luhrmann adaptation of William Shakespeare’s famous romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet:

As Richard in The Beach (2000), directed by Danny Boyle. Adapted from the 1996 novel of the same name by Alex Garland:


As Frank Abagnale Jr. in Catch Me If You Can (2002), directed by Steven Spielberg. Based on the autobiography written with the help of Stan Redding:


As Amsterdam Vallon in Gangs of New York (2002), directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is inspired by Herbert Asbury's 1928 nonfiction book:

As Howard Hughes in The Aviator (2004), directed by Martin Scorese. The film was largely inspired by a biography, Howard Hughes: The Secret Life (1993), by Charles Higham:

As Roger Ferris in Body of Lies (2008), directed by Ridley Scott. Based on the novel of the same name by David Ignatius (2007):

As Frank Wheeler in Revolutionary Road (2008), directed by Sam Mendes. Based on the 1961 novel by Richard Yates:

As Teddy Daniels in Shutter Island (2010), directed by Martin Scorsese. Based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel of the same name:

And, of course, we can’t forget his upcoming role as Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby (2012), based on the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925). Can't wait!

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  1. I too am a fan. You listed a few that I haven't seen...so I'll need to catch-up.

  2. I LOVE "The Aviator," but "Gangs of New York" was nearly three hours of my life I'll never get back. =P

  3. I love Leo Dicaprio - such a great actor! Wonderful post Danielle!

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

  4. I think he's really evolved as an actor and I can't wait for GG.

    LOVE your blog name. So clever.