May 2nd, 2013
05:15 PM ET

Leo DiCaprio: I need an acting break

Perhaps Leo DiCaprio can hook up with Ryan Gosling to unwind, sip mai-tais and not act together. (Guys if you do this - please call us.)

The 38-year-old "Great Gatsby" star told CNN Wednesday that he, like Gosling, is ready to take a break from the business.

Between "Django Unchained," "Gatsby" and the upcoming "Wolf of Wall Street," “I just did three films in a row - I was in New Orleans and Australia and New York shooting all three of those movies," DiCaprio said at the premiere of Baz Luhrmann's film on Wednesday.

"[I'm] taking a little break right now, not a long one. A little break, and [I'm] going to find out what’s next. There will probably be two films of mine this year, and I suppose you’ll get a little sick of me for the time being."

Not that we could ever get sick of Leo, but we get it, everyone needs some downtime. Judging from our conversation with the actor about his character Jay Gatsby in the upcoming adaptation, we vote he uses the extra space on his calendar to start a book club.

"My take on Jay Gatsby is far different than when I first picked up the book in junior high school," DiCaprio said. "It’s a deeply American novel, and it’s incredibly timeless. In a lot of ways, when [F. Scott] Fitzgerald was talking about the decadence and great wealth and waste of this time period, the 1920s, the emergence of this new economy, this new superpower in the world, he was almost talking about American royalty."

The novel's still applicable to today's times, the actor continued, seeing that part of "what made this novel so famous is he predicted the great crash of the late 20s, early 30s, and that’s a cycle that keeps repeating itself in our country, and it’s something that’s happening to us as a civilization worldwide. It’s a deeply American novel because here you have this central figure, Jay, that has created himself from nothing in this new emerging economy, this new emerging country ... so people really connect with this guy and this novel, and it’s a seminal part of what this country is in a lot of ways."

And then there's the perspective, as director Luhrmann recalls DiCaprio telling him early on, that "'Fitzgerald manages with words to say what everyone is thinking and feeling but you can’t quite say it,'" the filmmaker said. "He can do that with words, and I had to find a visual translation of that."

"The Great Gatsby" opens May 10, with the soundtrack - which is now streaming in full on NPR's website - arriving May 7.


soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Knew the story

    not a big hype....

    May 19, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Doctorstrangeluv

    When has he ever "acted" ? You have to have some talent as an actor to have ever acted.

    May 19, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sammy

    Who cares?

    May 18, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Odalice Feliz

    He is a great actor, just look at him.

    May 14, 2013 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. voted: a jealous woman....all files on record...

    thanks

    May 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ginger77

    ...and we need a break from your box office flops. Thanks leo...

    May 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anton

    Ask Tom hanks.

    Leo should take a break and then see how not being a star turns out when he comes back to half the fame.

    Ask russel Crowe how that worked out.

    May 9, 2013 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. Noj still says: ignorable...she's sinking her own ship..

    whateva...

    May 8, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Leo is a charm...we support him 100%

    thanks

    May 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lisa runnels

    AND WHERE---– IS MY FAVORITE--– LAUGHING,GIGGLE, TICKLE MONSTER, PHOTO ?- I NEED IT-–I HAVE TO SEE THIS-– PHOTO--AT LEAST-- ONCE A WEEK---AND THE -I'M HUNG OVER,DEPRESSED,AND IRRATED PHOTO- NEEDS TO STOP-–AND THE SULKING PHOTO,TOO--–

    May 8, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SKY

    IF YOU GIVE A SITUATION TIME TO WORK ITSELF OUT IT ALWAYS REVEALS THE TRUTH....
    SO JUST SIT BACK AND WATCH THE MOVIE...

    May 6, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. its a blog dear i've been called worse...take it like a man leo

    thanks

    May 6, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pliny

    I am a proud, gay man, just like Leo.

    May 6, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SKY

    LEO DICAPRIO , IF YOU READ THIS UNDERSTAND....ALL I AM DOING IS TELLING THE TRUTH.
    I AM NOT GOING TO LIE AND SAY YOU LOOK HAPPY WHEN YOU LOOK SAD....
    PEOPLE WHAT IS THE PROBLEM.....ITS A GOOD THING WHEN A PERSONS
    CAN DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES THEY NEED A BREAK...I KNOW SOME ACTORS
    WHO CAN'T DIFFERENTIATE ACTING FROM THERE PERSONAL LIFE...
    THERE ARE TIMES WHEN YOU HAVE TO CUT YOUR LOSSES AND
    REMOVED ALL STRESS INCLUDING THE LEECHES.....

    May 6, 2013 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. LYING TOO LEO? NOW WORRIES...ITS ALMOST OVER...

    thanks

    May 6, 2013 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  16. dig for more...thanks

    dig

    May 6, 2013 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  17. DIG FOR MORE MOVIES

    Leo needs a rest from hollywood he's very confused...

    May 6, 2013 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  18. NOBODY WANTS YOUR FILTHY FUNDS SKY...

    BELIEVE ME.....

    May 6, 2013 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  19. TOE MOVIES

    WANNA SEE IT SKY...ITS CALLED STALKING CHARGES...

    May 6, 2013 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  20. WANT A COPY OF EVERYTHING WE HAVE SKY...

    NO? THEN SHUT THE F CK UP AND GO HANDLE YOUR DAILY DUTIES

    May 6, 2013 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  21. COWARD HACKERS....

    THAT'S ALL THEY ARE..

    May 6, 2013 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  22. YOUR WATCHING ME RIGHT NOW HOE...

    STFU GOT HER...

    May 6, 2013 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  23. STALKER CHARGES...THAT IS THE ONLY LEECH SKY..

    GET LOST BEFORE WE MAKE YOUUUUUUUUUU LOOK STUPID....ARE YOU GAY SKY?

    May 6, 2013 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  24. Hackers will go too a facility

    thanks

    May 6, 2013 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  25. SKY

    A LOVER AND MONEY AND YES PEOPLE HANGING AROUND IS NOT HAPPINESS.
    CUT YOUR LOSSES. LEACHES ..I DON'T KNOW WHY RICH PEOPLE HAVE LEACHES
    HANGING AROUND...CUT YOUR LOSSES AND MOVE ON...

    May 6, 2013 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  26. Walter

    We'll let you rest up. Just don't stay gone long. Can't be without the best actor ever!

    May 3, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  27. RC

    We could use a break from him too.

    May 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  28. good for leo--the man made a positive move in his life.

    he's almost 40 and he needs a break...love you leo...all the best

    May 3, 2013 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  29. Sky blogging is not life...you appear to rely on this for some reason

    according to the law...its all garbage...thanks

    May 3, 2013 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  30. Sending your friends too great gatsby...

    we have it dear.

    May 3, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  31. JGN

    Peace; he's in character for the film Great Gatsby, that is why the hair gel. Use your brain.
    Sky; it's not a blog, it's just a comment board. If you were to start a blog we could all more easily avoid reading it.

    May 3, 2013 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Peace ☮

      He is? Thank you for telling me. Btw, I guess I should have added a "lol" to my comment so you wouldn't think I didn't have a brain. :) Good day, JGN!

      May 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  32. leo realized it was time too move forward...good day too all

    yay

    May 3, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  33. tracie

    I DO BELIEVE IN SMELLING A MAN'S BUTT BEFORE MARRIAGE.

    May 3, 2013 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  34. Peace ☮

    What ever product he's using in his hair looks terrible. I thought the greasy look went out a long time ago...?

    May 3, 2013 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  35. Once a man reaches a certain age...

    he needs a break from the garbage....

    May 3, 2013 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  36. leo had too cut ties from the industry...its way too much and he's not a baby anymore.

    have a good rest dear...happy about the girlfirend.

    May 3, 2013 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  37. glad leo finally found a true woman truly loves him

    good luck dear you deserved better.

    May 3, 2013 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  38. SKY

    THE TRUTH IS THE BEST THING THAT CAN HELP A PERSON.....SOMETIMES YOU JUST GOT TO
    CUT YOUR TIES AND BE ALONE....AND WORK OUT PERSONAL THINGS....

    May 3, 2013 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  39. Alvarez

    He'd look much better with a dollop of dung on his forehead.

    May 3, 2013 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  40. EARTH

    SKY YOUR POSTS ARE JUST LIKE YOU ALL AIR NO SUBSTANANCE. AT LEAST I'M GROUNDED IN MY BELIEFS.

    May 3, 2013 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  41. Did tequila sunrise cheat?

    if he had allo the money in the world...he would not be talking too YOU

    May 2, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  42. SKY

    FACT: A PERSON HAD ALL THE WEALTH IN THE WORLD, HE DID EVERYTHING HIS HEARTS DESIRED.....
    BUT IN THE END HE SAID THE BEST THING IS FOR A PERSON TO LOOK AT HIS WORK AND
    ENJOY HIS MEAL.....EVERYTHING ELSE IS POINTLESS......WHY?
    TAKE A RIDE ON YOUR BOAT, AND TALK TO GOD, JUST YOU AND HIM.
    HAPPY IS HE WHO SATISFIES HIS SPIRITUAL NEEDS. ALL YOUR FLESHLY DESIRES
    YOU HAVE SATISFIED AND YOU STILL AREN'T HAPPY.

    May 2, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • SKY

      FACT: I AM AN INSUFFERABLE IDIOT, A SUBLITERATE MORON WITH A WEAK GRASP OF MY OWN LANGUAGE. I AM RIDDLED WITH FAULTY LOGIC, MUDDLED THINKING AND AN OBSESSION WITH BABBLING INCESSANTLY ON THESE BLOGS.

      May 2, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • SKY

      FACT: I AM UNCLEAR ON THE MEANING OF THE WORD FACT.

      May 3, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Sky2

      take it easy...its just blogging.

      May 3, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  43. Leo is a wonderful actor and everything is going right for him...

    all the acting jobs, new girlfriend and he looks amazing.....all is going so smooth for him now i am so happy

    May 2, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  44. sooo glad he finally has a great girlfriend.

    -

    May 2, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  45. A and B

    we know all about that do dear...good night.

    May 2, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  46. jonbme

    Hard to take a break from something he never really did in the first place.

    May 2, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Samaricanin

    Last Saturday I bought a top of the range Mercedes-Benz S-class from having made $7607 this past 5 weeks and also $10,000 last month. This is really the most financially rewarding work I've ever done. I started this 8 months ago and right away was making at least $87 per hour. This is what I do Rich4.Com__

    May 2, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  48. the right girl

    i hear leo has a great girlfriend i am so happy he's hanging out with the right girl

    May 2, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Leo is not staying with his rich girlfriend for the medical

    they have a prenup

    May 2, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |

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