Leonardo DiCaprio: I Never Knew Which Movies of Mine Made Money and Which Didn’t
In an interview with GQ, the star reveals that he had remained ignorant to the financial aspects of making a movie and what drew him to working on J. Edgar — which may prove to be one of his most controversial roles yet. The former Director of the FBI has long been the subject of speculation about his sexuality.
Despite claims of cross-dressing and homosexuality, the real story is about how power corrupts, Leo says.
The essence of the story is that “absolute power corrupts absolutely,” he says. “Here’s a man who created the most advanced police force and investigation system the world has ever known … No one else had such a position of power for that long — to blackmail presidents, to wiretap political leaders, to be able to manipulate the world around him.”
While the subjects clearly fascinate him, the actor says it wasn’t until recently that he began to understand the business of show.
“Throughout my career, I never know 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 in to my thirties and got interested in producing.”
J. Edgar, directed by Clint Eastwood (who also appears in the GQ spread with Leo), hits theaters November 9, 2011.
Offscreen, it appears things have been heating up with Blake Lively. The two were even spotted riding bikes around New York earlier this month.