SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – During a recent visit, actor Leonardo DiCaprio visited Lucasfilm in San Francisco where CBS Bay Area’s Liam Mayclem moderated a speaker series featuring the Academy-award nominated actor.
DiCaprio discussed his 25 years in the movie industry. From his early works in films like “Total Eclipse” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape to working with top directors such as James Cameron and Martin Scorcese.
In the featured clip, the “Wolf of Wall Street” actor recalled watching the original “King Kong” with his father at the Natural History Museum. DiCaprio remembers crying hysterically a week after on why the gorilla had to die. “…the woman liked him, he was nice. He had a great personality” DiCaprio describes his earliest reaction to watching his first film.
In the second clip from the interview, DiCaprio gives us some insight on his skepticism making “Titanic” with Kate Winslet and director James Cameron. Early on, coming from low-budget independent films, he and Winslet felt unsure of the territory they were about to embark in. The enormity of a bigger than life story, an expanding budget, on top of rumors of a chaotic crew almost deterred the actors from even starting the film.
Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated for 5 Academy Awards and this Sunday at the Oscars, he is up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”