Leonardo DiCaprio is on the cover of GQ's October issue, and inside the magazine, he teams up with his J. Edgar director Clint Eastwood for an interview. The actor has been spending time in Australia shooting Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby while he preps for J. Edgar's November release, which will come just in time for award-season consideration. During his conversation with Clint, Leo opens up about his business savvy, his thoughts on politics, and even his family, though there's no mention of his most recent flame, Blake Lively. Here are some highlights:
- On why he doesn't only do blockbusters: "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 . . . 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."
- On politics and gay marriage: "That's the most infuriating thing — watching people focus on these things. Meanwhile, there's the onset of global warming — and these incredibly scary and menacing things with the future of our economy. Our relationship to the rest of the world. And here we are focusing on this?"
- On his dad's influence on him: "My father has always been a huge force with me. I had passed on a script about the French poet Arthur Rimbaud [Total Eclipse]. He explained to me that Rimbaud was the James Dean of his time . . . I did the movie, and I loved playing him. If I just waited for moments of 'I have to do this,' I would do a movie only every four or five years."
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