Leonardo DiCaprio's favorite role
December 12th, 2012
03:45 PM ET

Leonardo DiCaprio's favorite role

Few Hollywood stars have the versatility of Leonardo DiCaprio when it comes to taking on a wide range of characters, and yet the award-winning actor doesn't hesitate to name his favorite role in his lengthy and diverse career.

"If I had to choose one, it would probably be 'The Aviator,' playing Howard Hughes," DiCaprio told CNN at the premiere of "Django Unchained."

"It's a different set of circumstances when you're able to say to yourself, 'You know, someday I'm going to play this character,' and then you get to develop it," he went on. "And I got to develop it for over eight years, and then the great Martin Scorsese got to direct me in it. So that's the one I'm probably the most proud of."

In his latest movie, "Django Unchained," DiCaprio faces the challenge of portraying a sadistic plantation owner.

"I've never, ever read in my career anyone this narcissistic, this horrendous, this racist, this self-indulgent. It was almost like a young Louis XIV of the South," DiCaprio told CNN. "He really represented everything that was wrong with plantation owners and slave owners at the time, all combined into one. So to sort of wrap my head around sort of treating other people that way, and putting my mind into somebody else's mind like that, was the most difficult part."

DiCaprio will play another iconic character, Jay Gatsby, in the upcoming film interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," which opens in theaters next May.

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  1. leo

    has gotton soooooo handsome in recent years.

    January 8, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. no he's almost done with college.

    keep moving.

    January 8, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mark

    Why do we pay him so much money when he can't describe how he got into his role in "Django Unchained"? It's obvious he has had no more higher education than high school.

    January 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. b0bc@t

    Loved the early Gilbert Grape role, and his little calming phrase ....
    "match in the gas tank... boom boom!

    Django Unchained is a great movie, but as in Q. Tarrantino's ther films, a little gritty and violent.
    Make the necessary parental guidance decisions, and see a dark side of Americana,
    the ugliness of the slave trade and bounty hunters, wrapped around a love story,
    mixed with humor, blood and satire.

    December 28, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • pockets

      To me, I loved his role as Teddy Daniels in Shutter Island....i have watched that movie at least 5 times....the whole thing is just well done.....

      January 4, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Barbarajean martin

    U a great actor b blessed& prosper u always.

    December 12, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bob

    I can't wait for Django Unchained.

    December 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      I don't know.. doesn't really look good enough to make the "OMG I can't wait for that" list.

      December 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mark

    I bet his favorite roll has a weiner on it.

    December 12, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Evel Knievel

    What about when he played that water headed kid in Gilbert Grape?

    December 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |

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