So I saw Inception a few days ago and I have become a bit obsessed with Leonardo DiCaprio. Some of you may have been in love with him since his Titanic days but I had an "I hate popular love films" phase and I did everything I can to avoid all the Jack Dawson hoopla. But here I am, watching every Leo movie I can get my hands on. I have also made this little list of reasons for loving him:
1 He is a Fantastic Actor
I absolutely loved him in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. I am a huge Johnny Depp fan but I was more drawn to Leo's portrayal of a mentally-handicapped teen. His performances in his other movies are also top-notch. This is not a personal opinion since he has been nominated for many awards for many of his films.
2 He's Cute!
Many ladies took notice of his boyish good looks when he played Jack Dawson on Titanic. He was such a cutie then but he still can make your heart skip a beat these days. I personally like his eyes. How about you?
3 He Was Close with His Grandmom
Leo's grandmom (he called her "Oma) died in 2008. Before she passed on, Leo took her to some of his movie premieres. Very sweet, right?
4 He is an Environmentalist
He co-wrote, co-produced, and narrated the film 11th Hour. He takes only commercial flights. He drives a hybrid car. He has bought an island in Belize for the sole purpose of turning it into an eco-friendly resort. He has been recognized by many groups for his environmental work.
5 He is Involved in Many Charities
He has donated generously to many charitable organizations. From disaster relief to education, Leo has donated thousands and thousands of dollars.
6 He is Not in Love with Fame
One of his popular quotes: I don't really have many extravagances. I don't fly private jets and I don't have bodyguards and I don't buy crazy things. I have a couple of houses here and there. I bought a very expensive watch, and I am going to buy a really expensive movie poster, the original for The Thief of Bagdad. I love movie posters.
7 He is Fit
He doesn't seem fit when he wears a suit that's a size too big for him but when he removes his shirt, man, oh, man, you'll see that he's fiiiine. I had this wonderful realization when I watched Revolutionary Road a couple of days ago.
8 He Has Worked with Fantastic Directors
Martin Scorcese, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, to name a few. Methinks Leo needs to work with Clint Eastwood. That would be AWESOME.
9 He Has Worked with Brilliant Actors
I love seeing Leo movies because they are not one-man films. What I mean is that I get to see other favorite actors as well. Some of the actors that he has worked with and I love as well are Kate Winslet, Mark Strong, Jack Nicholson, Johnny Depp, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Tom Hanks. Can you name your favorite Leo co-star?
10 He Sounds Smart
Another Leo quote I love: You learn after you've been in the business for a while that it's not getting your face recognized that's the payoff. It's having your film remembered.