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Who Made Leonardo DiCaprio Part 1/3 - Guest Blog #3

December 8, 2016

My name is Jack Parry and I am a film enthusiast. This is my three part blog about who made Leonardo DiCaprio.

Now, we are not talking about what his parents got up to in 1974, we’re here to talk about what has been labelled as the ‘most successful collaboration in the film industry’ earning 1.3 billion dollars through 5 films. Martin Scorsese and the making of Leonardo DiCaprio.


This first collaboration with the two began in 2002 with Gangs of New York. This narrative was inspired by Herbert Asbury’s nonfiction book from 1927. The film was Scorsese’s biggest, mainstream production at the time. DiCaprio was overshadowed by the surprisingly popular Daniel Day-Lewis in this film so we’ll jump straight into the second collaboration, The Aviator in 2004. He played the lead role that forged a strong collaboration for the years to come.




The two paired for a biopic story of the eccentric and obsessive American film director and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes. Concentrating on Hughes' life from the late 1920s to 1947; exploring his mental condition and career events throughout the time period.




Leonardo’s charismatic role in the film engages the audience into the character’s emotions and mental state. Leonardo’s performance in Gangs of New York was widely criticised for naivety and critics seemed to believe he was still young and living off the fame from The Titanic epic.

Martin Scorsese had built a strong relationship with Leo throughout the whole production of Gangs of New York. He saw the potential in Leonardo identical to how he began with Robert De Niro in the 1970s.


Thanks for reading.


Visual Line's Note:-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A real insight into the relationship between director and actor! It is often overlooked how much cast and crew gel for a believable and dynamic character to be created. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jack Parry for writing this blog post and look forward to reading parts 2 and 3


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