Pretentious women really turn me off. Vindictive women, too. So do opportunistic women. I think what turns me on about a girl is what most men find attractive — which is something genuine about them. Being a good person.
Leonardo DiCaprio Quotes
As an actor, I do everything possible to tell a great story in a truly artistic way, but at the end of the day you never know how critics and audiences are going to respond. It’s always an eternal sort of mystery in making movies, and that’s the great fun, challenge, and excitement about doing what I do. My goal is to keep doing great work… I haven’t stopped yet and hopefully the work will never stop. While I’m here, I will always have that drive to not only produce great work, but to make a difference in the world.
Getting your foot in the door is like winning the lottery. It's literally like winning the lottery if you get to have a career. And I've always felt Okay, now I've gotten this shot, and I'm lucky to have gotten this shot, and if I don't do this to the best of my ability — if I don't work my ass off and make a life of it — I've squandered this incredibly golden opportunity. And that's always been what has propelled me.
I do identify with the ambition — and I think certainly everyone does — with the idea of [Gatsby] becoming this dreamer, somebody that has manifested this image of what he wanted as an adult and worked tirelessly and had such great ambition to become that. He is the manifestation of his own dreams.
I realise that I do not change the course of history. I am an actor, I do a movie, that’s the end of it. You have to realise we are just clowns for hire.
My mother is the centre of my life. To have a woman like that in your life, who is strong, who'll be honest with you about who you are... that's something I treasure. And it's something I look for in a woman.
I don’t do a film because I feel it’s time to do a comedy, or science fiction or another genre. I do it because I’m motivated and I feel like I could be of service to that character and whether there are a lot more questions to be asked about him. If I read a screenplay, where the person is clearly defined and there’s nothing left for me to do then I usually don’t do it.
You have to understand that at the time slave ownership was their form of power. It was the equivalent of oil.
Our world is run by corporations and so many things are controlled by them. They have an incredible amount of power and sway.
I always felt like being an actor was an elite club I never really belonged to.
Throughout my career, I never knew which movies of mine made money and which didn't. When Titanic came out, people would say, "Do you realize what a success this is?" And I'd say, "Yeah, yeah, it's a hit." The [money] stuff never mattered to me until I was into my thirties and got interested in producing, and people would show me charts explaining what finances a movie, what you'll make from foreign, what you'll make from domestic, what you need to make an R-rated film that's a comedy versus a drama. But even now I say that unless you want to prove that you can carry a film with your name, continuously trying to achieve box-office success is a dead end.
I'd love to play Stalin very much. However, it is all about a script and there is no such script at the moment.
At first I hated the way I was turned into a pretty boy, as if that was all that was expected of me. It made me almost want to stop acting for a while because the attention that was focused on me was not where I wanted to take my career. I didn't want to do romantic films or anything which just exploited my image or appearance.
I'm not a big dreamer. I only remember segments of my dreams, or a feeling I had. But I am somebody that realizes when you wake up in the morning, there's some thoughts and ideas that you don't think about while busily doing your day-to-day life, that you suppress. You have to be aware of what you suppress because it comes to fruition in the dream world.
Meryl may be the greatest actor in the world.
This is something I'd like to clarify. I've heard people say, "Because you hide, it makes you seem ungrateful." The mere fact that these—I'll use the word piles—are earning money from exploiting my image is the only reason I hide myself or am not a photo-friendly person. I do not like the way they conduct themselves. I think they're disrespectful and dangerous. The reason I don't pose or smile or that I seem mad is that I don't want them to make a living off my private life.
I think you need youthful energy, excitement, and optimism in life. There is a lot I want to do, and the more cynical you become, the more you sit on your butt and do nothing. The one thing that I would love is to never become cynical about the things I think are really important, like family, like the environment. What I want is to be known as someone who stood for something.
What I definitely feel a need for is to make my life about more than just my career. Just last night I was thinking to myself how little of my life has been lived normally and not spent on some far-off movie location. I want to get married and have children. In saying that, I realize I am contradicting everything I’ve said before. I absolutely believe in marriage.
My response to that has always been: how could we as a country not be for becoming energy independent and not reliant on foreign oil? The overwhelming scientific community is in agreement that mankind is playing a major role in this. How could we not want cleaner air and cleaner water? These are fundamental human rights issues . . . That’s my response to the skeptics. Why wouldn’t we want to be less dependent on foreign oil?
Fortunately, I grew up close to Hollywood. And I certainly would not have been an actor or entered the acting industry if it hadn't been convenient like that. I probably would be doing local theater or something, but I don't know if I would have had the courage to have come out to Los Angeles, set up shop independently, and pursue the career with such vigor and passion.
People love to see tabloid stories, and I love it too. I read all that stuff because it's entertaining, it humanizes movie stars and makes them just like everyone else, which we are.
The paparazzi are horrible people for most of us and I wish they wouldn't follow me around and make my life miserable, but when I start talking about how we should fight them and how they are destroying everything, I feel such a shallow jerk because there are so many more important things in the world that people should be focusing on, not whether some rich celebrity is being photographed by paparazzi.
[“Titanic”] is a phenomenon. It was immense and it's made so much money, but the fact that it's reached many different cultures is astounding to me. I know that no matter what else I do, it's going to be with me and be a part of me for the rest of my life. I don't have any regrets about it because it has given me great opportunities as an actor – and it's a pretty good film, too.
I was probably the world's No.1 poster boy. Everywhere I travel, people identify me with that movie. It wasn't the kind of recognition I wanted at 24. It put a bad taste in my mouth. I couldn't handle it. I got sick of seeing myself. At a younger age, I thought I valued fame. But once I achieved it, I discovered that I don't value it at all. It was not authentic - so shallow and empty. That's why I took a break and didn't work for two years. I was very conscious that I needed to do something different.
I respect marriage but don't necessarily believe in it at this point. I know happiness has to do with finding a partner. But I am not going to risk ruining that ideal by rushing into something for a false sense of security.
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