May 2nd, 2013
05:15 PM ET
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.
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