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Leo is Powerful

Leonardo DiCaprio could be one of the smartest male superstars out there today. After his huge success in Titanic, the actor did not run out and do a ton of follow-up blockbusters or roles just to make money. He went into hiding before taking roles he really wanted with A-list directors. He has also made sure to stay out of the press as much as possible. As a result, Leo successfully made the transition from child actor in Growing Pains to Oscar nominated actor. This is why he is also number 9 on Details Most Powerful Men. Here's more:

9) LEONARDO DICAPRIO
ACTOR, PRODUCER; AGE: 31 LAST YEAR’S RANK: 20

Don’t look now, but Leo’s most clichéd line is starting to sound prophetic. Nine years after starring in the most successful film ever, he is indeed poised to be “king of the world.” And his rise is proof of the power of saying no. Since Titanic, DiCaprio has steadfastly refused work for work’s sake, making only six films yet remaining one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors. He’s grown into an intense, brooding force, Scorsese’s new De Niro (this month’s gritty cop drama The Departed marks DiCaprio’s third film with the director). “The transition between young man and leading man is a hard one, and he did it triumphantly,” says Ed Zwick, who directed him in the thriller The Blood Diamond, out this December. Now DiCaprio and his Appian Way Productions are going on a literary bender: Kurt Vonnegut’s dystopian classic Cat’s Cradle, Malcolm Gladwell’s best seller Blink, Robert Ludlum’s The Chancellor Manuscript, and the Pulitzer-winning The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. “His instincts as a producer are as solid and exciting as the choices he makes as an actor,” says Jeff Robinov, head of production at Warner Bros. The latest buzz also has DiCaprio playing the acid-testing guru Timothy Leary in a biopic, a fitting follow-up to his first starring turn, as a strung-out Jim Carroll in The Basketball Diaries. Coming full circle to realize his early promise? One more prophecy Leo is fulfilling.

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pop-princess03 pop-princess03 8 years
Leo looks sooooooooo hot here!
clepiau clepiau 9 years
No, no, no, Val. Haha! He is a couple of years older than I am, but I didn't mean that I consider him "older." Just that I'm attracted to older men and generally think that the older a man is the better (to a point). Leo is no exception to the rule and has gotten more attractive to me as he has aged and I expect that he will get more attractive in time. That's all I meant. :D
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
do you consider leo "older"??????? wow, i feel old now.
clepiau clepiau 9 years
More distinguished. Mmmmm... Isn't it unfair that men get better as they get older and women (generally speaking) don't? That sucks. I love older men for some reason, though, so I don't mind a bit when they age. I bet Leonardo will look even better when he gets a little grey at the temples. ;)
JennaV JennaV 9 years
YOWZA! Damn, he looks HOT! Like he did on the Basketball Diaries poster...only more distinguished.
mar mar 9 years
clepiau- you appreciate him like I do, because you know what a real movie star really means.
clepiau clepiau 9 years
I really love him. He's one of the very few actors who completely awe me every single time I see them. I think he's incredibly underestimated (in terms of being a serious actor), and even I sometimes forget how good he is, but every time I see one of his movies I come out thinking, "Damn, he's an amazing actor." I've never found him to be cocky, just private and serious about his work. There should be more celebrities like him instead of taking any and every ridiculous role that comes along just for the sake of being more famous. That's cocky. As for his looks, I didn't used to think he was attractive, but he seems to be getting better with age.
atoxicsparkle atoxicsparkle 9 years
this man just does nothing for me. period.
pinkangelmonkey pinkangelmonkey 9 years
he is hot! such a huge talent a serious force to be reckoned with in hollywood!
mar mar 9 years
I actually think it would be easier to date a model then an actress. Usually when you pair 2 hot actors together, its a tabloid frenzy. models are more low key. I think Gisele seems really cool.
highsociety1 highsociety1 9 years
Oh, please. So he's shallow and superficial because he dates models? #1. Like Jax said, he's an entertainer, it's not out of this world that he would date another entertainer. #2. That implies that models can't have any substance. I know this will come as a major shock, but women can actually be beautiful AND deep (and intelligent, witty, funny, down-to-earth, caring, etc....). It's not always one or the other.
Toronado Toronado 9 years
Ugh, he's such a little Gremlin.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 9 years
yaaaay! I love Gisele!! I think she can do better
jmast jmast 9 years
Oh and I agree with Mar, I've seen Gisele in interviews and she seems so down to earth and adorable and funny. I have a friend who met her and he said the same thing...she wasn't conceited or pretentious or anything.
jmast jmast 9 years
I love Leo..always have, always will. He's handsome and talented to boot. And he lives a pretty private life for a young hot Hollywood actor. At least he's not out there acting like a perverted idiot. I've dated models and they weren't jerks. They were really nice guys who were smart and treated me very well. A person should not be stereotyped just because they are a model. What's the big deal if he dates models? So what? What does that say about his character as a person? You can't make everyone happy...if he said he would absolutely not date models, there would be a whole big blog about that..saying he's shallow, etc. Whatever.
mar mar 9 years
Who cares who he likes to date? Most actors only date actresses or other famous people. If he was not dating Gisele,then he would date someone else famous, just like MOST famous people. So , if he dated an actress he would be a "deeper" person? yeah, whatever! Anyway, gisele is known to have an amazing personality, so I cant blame him. I think Leo is one of the best out there. He is a true actor, he plays a different role everytime, snd he is very good at it.
siouxsie siouxsie 9 years
yeah he was very good in that..and basketball diaries too...
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 9 years
love me some leo, he should have gotten an oscar for what's eating gilbert grape.
ohsuri ohsuri 9 years
His movies are good.. him I could do without!! What happend to the cute kid on Growing pains?
Starbrite Starbrite 9 years
He is in good movies, but I can't stand his pompous attuitude.
Faye16 Faye16 9 years
He's so overrated, I've never liked him, he bores me.
Luna13 Luna13 9 years
hey yayita, thanks thats what i meant about him being a modeliser, he must really shallow to only look at the looks of a person and not who they really are.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
department*
Jinx Jinx 9 years
Interesting he was chosen, good for him! Don't think Leo is all that in the hot separtment, but I love his acting. Makes me want to watch Basketball Diaries again.
Cyn_MF_Cyn Cyn_MF_Cyn 9 years
I adored Leo since the first time I seen him on Growing Pains. Poor boy sleeping in the school. I def. wanted to watch more and more of him on GP. As he grew older and started more roles. I was more intrigued by his talent. This man, regardless if anyone thinks he is cocky or not good enough, is a great actor. Still hate the fact that all he likes is model type women... but soon someone will change is direction. lol.
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