Oscar Nominee Leonardo DiCaprio Visits CBS SUNDAY MORNING Today
For Academy Award nominee and "The Wolf of Wall Street" star Leonardo DiCaprio, being the focus of extensive and sometimes silly media attention is part of the job, he tells Lee Cowan in an interview with CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD to be broadcast today, Feb. 16, 2014 (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.
DiCaprio's good looks made him a heartthrob from the time he started acting. At the same time, his love life and night life have made him tabloid fodder, while his films like "Titanic" and "The Departed" generated millions at the box office.
"I think that comes with the territory, too, though," he tells Lee Cowan of the media attention. "And the sort of microscope that was put on me, certainly after 'Titanic' came out. Every activity that I did was sort of in the newspaper, which was, you know, silly and I tried to avoid it, but it was, it was what it was."
DiCaprio earned a Golden Globe for his work in "The Wolf of Wall Street," a film he said he only made after getting the right financing and finding the right partners. The actor says he was intrigued by former stock broker Jordan Belfort's account of how he cheated investors out of millions before being convicted of securities fraud.
"You know, he's a likeable guy," DiCaprio says of Belfort. "I don't agree with anything he did, don't get me wrong. But when somebody's such an open book, and is so candid about what they did and unflinching - you have to appreciate that as an actor, because there's not many people that really do that."
In a wide-ranging interview, DiCaprio talks about growing up in an artistic household located in a not-so-nice part of Hollywood. Seeing those rough streets was a driving force behind his will to succeed. "It was a pretty hardcore neighborhood," DiCaprio tells Cowan. "I think that gave me a lot of motivation to sort of, I think be successful really, and try to do something else."
He also talks with Cowan openly about working with Robert Di Niro and Martin Scorsese.
When the conversation turns personal, to marriage, however, DiCaprio plays for time and reaches for water. Does he want to settle down? "I think everybody, well, not everybody, but I think that, you know, eventually when the time is right, absolutely, yeah," DiCaprio says. Asked by Cowan if he finds marriage might be a little sedate, he says no. "I've seen some interesting marriages and I've seen some not-interesting marriages," DiCaprio says.
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