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June 9, 2012 11:50 AM   Subscribe

A Collection of Scenes In Which Leonardo DiCaprio Freaks Out (NSFW audio, some butt)
posted by The Whelk (31 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
I couldn't watch the whole thing. Does he freak out in Inception? I don't recall.
posted by Brocktoon at 11:57 AM on June 9, 2012


I'm assuming this clip was left out because of its illegal use of backwards baseball cap.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 12:04 PM on June 9, 2012 [3 favorites]


That "Growing Pains" clip was probably the best performance of his life.
posted by blucevalo at 12:10 PM on June 9, 2012


Leo needs to star in a film with Natalie Portman.
posted by phunniemee at 12:21 PM on June 9, 2012


With long hair, he looks a bit like Brooke Shields. Is he typecast as a screamer?
posted by Cranberry at 12:27 PM on June 9, 2012


He's no Nicolas Cage.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 12:37 PM on June 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


I don't love Leo and I've never seen Titanic, but I enjoy him in most of the films I've seen him in. I don't understand all the hate, unless it stems from the over hype.
posted by Bort at 12:53 PM on June 9, 2012


What's Eating Metafilter?
posted by Fizz at 12:53 PM on June 9, 2012


2 clips from Inception (starting around 3:30). One in the van dream when he stops Eames from shooting Saito and one where Mal jumps from the window.

I just finished watching Inception quite a few times and reading the different theories on it. Good concept that made for a good movie, but some glaring plot holes that are bad enough to almost ruin it. Decent acting.
posted by Bort at 1:02 PM on June 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


gets boring after a while.
reminds that drama is all about the pacing.
posted by philip-random at 1:11 PM on June 9, 2012


Is the shrink butt from The Departed in this? Best cinema butt in years.
posted by nathancaswell at 1:26 PM on June 9, 2012


We need a new soundtrack for this kind of supercut. Unless it's Aronofsky-related.
posted by KMB at 1:37 PM on June 9, 2012


Does DiCaprio mean "a type of wood"?
posted by telstar at 1:53 PM on June 9, 2012


I presume this is a result of this.

You're welcome.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 2:00 PM on June 9, 2012


I've never understood the DiCaprio hate either.

Following "Titanic" (which I thought was pretty awful), he very easily could have taken the easy route of coasting on his good looks and been the "go-to" romantic comedy guy or taken the lead in a superhero franchise.

Instead, he chose the much more interesting path of limiting his choices to what amounts to an impressive array of one high quality film after another. I realize some of this is a matter of personal taste, but I can't imagine watching his performances in movies like "Catch Me If You Can", "The Aviator", "Revolutionary Road" (his finest performance to date in my opinion, playing the darker side of his pretty boy persona), "The Departed" and "Inception" and coming away thinking he's some kind of no-talent who is only popular because he's handsome.
posted by The Gooch at 2:47 PM on June 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm sure if you chose any actor/actress and then pulled together all of the high drama snippets they would look equally hammy. Everything is about context. I think he's a great actor. I felt his fear in The Departed.
posted by greenhornet at 3:05 PM on June 9, 2012


He was good - really good! - in Gilbert Grape. I haven't liked anything else too much. Maybe it's not him so much as just his taste in movies is not the same as mine.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 3:18 PM on June 9, 2012


Geez, this highlights exactly my issue with DiCaprio-- when he used to play lithe, sexy, somewhat damaged pretty boys I could totally believe it, but this rash of him playing the tortured middle-aged family man makes absolutely no sense to me. I understand his looks have changed with age, and I respect him transcending his romcom fate as mentioned by choosing complicated roles, but every time I see him in one all I can think he "He is acting. He is acting. He is acting." I can't not see him acting.

I mean, look at him here, totally different person. Leonardo DiCaprio can never be one continuous DiCaprio to me, he must always be two discrete DiCaprios.
posted by stoneandstar at 3:23 PM on June 9, 2012 [7 favorites]


[i]Following "Titanic" (which I thought was pretty awful), he very easily could have taken the easy route of coasting on his good looks and been the "go-to" romantic comedy guy or taken the lead in a superhero franchise.[/i]

Because an effort and a result are two different things.
I am sure he wants to be a great actor and I bet he works hard at it.
That doesn't mean he can emote or even pull from anything inside him that just simply isn't there. It's all surface acting.
posted by Senor Cardgage at 3:51 PM on June 9, 2012


That's what I get for trying to post from an iPhone in an airport lounge after 3 Yeunglings.
posted by Senor Cardgage at 3:52 PM on June 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Did the "hate" comments get deleted? Cuz I'm not seeing any. He's a great actor. Whatever silliness he may have done, The Departed is art.
posted by Brocktoon at 4:09 PM on June 9, 2012


The "hate" is an intangible thing. Saw Titanic 7 (yes) times in the theatre back in the day. Hated Leo. Hated Winslet too. My love was the ship of course and those two just kept getting in the way with their mopey selves. Ever since have always felt as if I hated the boy. It was while watching Inception that I realized I had no idea why I felt that way. He was great in The Departed and pretty good in everything else. Still though, him being in The Great Gatsby gives me pause, I thought, "Anyone but him!"

It'll probably be good.
posted by M Edward at 4:20 PM on June 9, 2012


every time I see him in one all I can think he "He is acting. He is acting. He is acting." I can't not see him acting.

I get this with Kate Winslet, but I still love her somehow. You can see her deciding what muscles to move in her face, but still, she always ends up choosing the right ones.

Anyway, I don't understand how the person who edited this video together could hear how loud the music was compared to the dialogue and just leave it that way.
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars at 4:37 PM on June 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


Did the "hate" comments get deleted? Cuz I'm not seeing any.

Sorry, I didn't mean to imply I saw a lot (or any) hate here. It's just the general impression I get from the world at large.
posted by Bort at 4:39 PM on June 9, 2012


That Letterman clip that stoneandstar linked to a few comments above - he could be Justin Beiber's brother. What a beautiful face.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 5:33 PM on June 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


God, Revolutionary Road was an amazing film.
posted by crossoverman at 2:08 AM on June 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


He's a fine dramatic actor, but I prefer his comedies.
posted by CarlRossi at 5:48 AM on June 10, 2012


Geez, this highlights exactly my issue with DiCaprio-- when he used to play lithe, sexy, somewhat damaged pretty boys I could totally believe it, but this rash of him playing the tortured middle-aged family man makes absolutely no sense to me. I understand his looks have changed with age

His looks, yes, a bit. His voice, no. Not at all. So no matter how big the prosthetic moustache, no matter how grey the combed-in hair colouring, it will never not feel like a high school play.

Also, the guy just can't do accents. At all. Ever.

He is a good actor, though. He just needs to be cast in roles he's suited for.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:37 AM on June 10, 2012


His looks, yes, a bit. His voice, no. Not at all. So no matter how big the prosthetic moustache, no matter how grey the combed-in hair colouring, it will never not feel like a high school play.

I've had the opposite issue at times. With disclaimers in place about how it's probably not fair to criticize a movie you're never seen, I couldn't bring myself to watch J. Edgar since the "old" makeup job looked like something I'd expect to see during some multipurpose room production where everyone in the audience agrees to pretend we don't notice that the "50-year-old" is actually 12.

He is a good actor, though. He just needs to be cast in roles he's suited for.

Definitely. I note that in the list I provided above of what I consider to be his best performances, his good, youthful looks and charm are essential to the role instead of being the 800 lb. gorilla (and in retrospect I would probably pull Inception from the list, since that movie is less about quality of the individual performances and more about the ideas and execution. DiCaprio could have been replaced with another competent actor and the film wouldn't have suffered, unlike the others on my list).
posted by The Gooch at 9:39 AM on June 10, 2012


His looks, yes, a bit. His voice, no. Not at all. So no matter how big the prosthetic moustache, no matter how grey the combed-in hair colouring, it will never not feel like a high school play.

O the painful truth, it makes me laugh. And no, it's not just his voice; it's his face and everything. DiCap might finally be able to pull off 40 when he's 60. But probably not.

A similar problem with Johnny Depp. Every now and then they try to cast him as a normal Joe or a manly man, and, no sir, that does not convince. And then someone remembers to cast him as an effeminate pirate, or as a 30 year old dressed up like a 10 year old dressed up like a Halloween Dracula, and then everything falls back into proper alignment. Depp is almost 50, but somehow more convincing as a 20 something than a 40 year old. Maybe it will always be that way, or maybe he will simply have to retire in the next decade.
posted by dgaicun at 2:47 PM on June 10, 2012


Or stage his own phony death, or as one of my clients simply said " I want to be alone"
posted by The Whelk at 3:05 PM on June 10, 2012


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