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Monday's Connector: Leonardo DiCaprio

July 5th, 2010
11:32 AM ET

He's one of the world's most famous faces and Leonardo DiCaprio has been enjoying his time in the limelight for nearly the past two decades.

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Born in 1974 in Los Angeles, California, DiCaprio had what would be described as a 'normal' upbringing and didn't get his start in show business until he was 16.

DiCaprio had roles in a number of commercials and got his big break in television, starring in a short-lived show based on the movie "Parenthood."

The American's first film role was in the low-budget horror film "Critters 3" and in 1991, DiCaprio had a recurring role on the popular American sitcom "Growing Pains."

In 1993, DiCaprio played the role of a mentally handicapped child in the movie "What's eating Gilbert Grape" - a role that would earn him both a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination.

Although DiCaprio starred in a number of other films including "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Basketball Diaries," it wasn't until 1997 that DiCaprio would experience what would be dubbed as "Leo-mania."

The blockbuster hit "Titanic" was the second highest grossing film of all time and it was DiCaprio's role as Jack Dawson that cemented his name as one of the biggest actors on the planet.

In the years following "Titanic," DiCaprio had leading roles in a number of critically acclaimed films including "Gangs of New York," "The Aviator" and "Departed" - all of which were directed by Martin Scorsese.

Today, DiCaprio is out with a new film called "Inception" which was written and directed by director Christopher Nolan.

Tune in tonight at 2100 (London), 2200 (Europe) or 0400 (Hong Kong) time to watch the full interview on CNN International.

soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Michael d

    I would like to know if Leo still has plans to build an eco-friendly resort in Belize on the island he owns.

    July 5, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  2. Tina

    HI Leonardo,

    I am from Montreal, Canada and a big fan of your work.

    Which is your favourite film uptodate, that you enjoy the most in making and why? Did you enjoy your stay in Montreal while filming the Aviator and CMIYC ?
    Will you ever work with Baz Lurhmann again?

    July 5, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  3. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio on the following questions:
    – What is your opinion, as a huge donor of the Barack Obama's presidential campaign, on the way Barack Obama is handling the Oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico?
    – In what way could the Current Psychic Fortune-Tellers foreseen the BP Oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico?
    – In what way are the Commercial Psychic Fortune-Tellers and the Mind Readers Safe for All Mankind?
    – In what way can Information and Communication Technology be useful for Psychic Fortune-Tellers?
    – Why did you played Dom Cobb in your latest movie “Inception”?
    – How do you manage your personal life with your acting career?
    – What can we expect from you in 2010?
    – How are you inspiring people all over the world to make our world a Better Healthier and Beautiful Place?

    I am awaiting Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    July 5, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  4. Aisha .K.

    Hi Mr. DiCaprio,

    1. Do you think "hollywood media", not media, is turning the environmental movement into a fad?

    to me its a movement and i feel like hollywood are turning it to fashion statement thing and as time goes by, the whole topic would die down and would be ignored and taking as old news. Going green should not be pushed by hollywood media. It should be influence by the media itself with true magazines, blogs, vlogs, newspapers, websites and ordinary people spreading the news. I appreciate that hollywood did do their part to promote the movement, but i am afraid it will not be consistent. seeing that the whole hollywood motto is basically "in with the new, out with the old."

    P.S i am 20 years old and i am not against fashion but i am against fads.

    July 5, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  5. Kylie Carrall

    Hello my name is Kylie Carrall and I am writing from Sydney Australia.
    I have been a fan of your body of work for years. I admire you ability to choose the inspiring and amazing scripts.

    1) I know that De Niro is one of your favourite actors and is a huge reason as to why you enjoy working with Scorsese so much. Do you think you will collaborate with both of them in the same film in the future?

    2) Your film selection to date has included some amazing scripts. Romeo and Juliet, Titanic and What's Eating Gilbert Grape to name a few of my favourites. What has been your favourite films to make?

    3) Your collaboration with Johnny Depp in What's Eating Gilbert Grape was mesmerising to say the least. Do you still keep in contact with him? Do you think you will ever collaborate with him again?

    4)Having been given the opportunity to work with Academy Award winning directors such as James Cameron and Martin Scorsese, is there a point in the production process where you know that the film will be nominated for an award?

    5)Having been a teen heart throb yourself at one stage. When you attend red carpet events or see current teen heart throbs such as Rob Pattinson, do you feel sorry for the copious amounts of media and public attention they receive or do you feel nostalgic about the situation?
    6)Having never been to Australia before. Do you see yourself ever coming to grace your presence to your legend of fans in Australia?

    July 5, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  6. Kimy Malaya

    Hi Leo! I'm Kimy from Manila, Philippines

    You've been in serious themed movies for quite some time. Will you be up to doing a comedy anytime soon?

    July 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  7. Linda

    Hello Mr. DiCaprio!
    I am a huge fan of yours. I am catching up on all of your films, and have become more and more in awe of your abililties. I'm really surprised you haven't gotten an academy award yet. I have no doubt that will come!
    I appreciate you saying that you are "completely clean" and don't use or abuse drugs. What a great message to send,,, you don't have to do that to be cool, fit in, or be famous. Bravo!
    Some day,,, hopefully MANY long years from now...... after you leave this Earth,,, how would you most like to be remembered?
    I wish you and your family a lifetime of love, health, and happiness.

    Linda from Summerville, SC

    July 5, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  8. jenny

    Hi Leonardo Dicaprio
    I know you love your lakers but are there other sports and teams that you follow? I love your work not only on the screen but your passion for the enviroment as well, when do you start filming again, I always look forward to seeing your films. Thanks, Jen from Minnesota

    July 5, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  9. David

    Dear Leo,

    I know that "The Aviator" is a film that came from your heart. Of all the movies in which you have starred, is that one your favorite?

    July 6, 2010 at 2:03 am | Reply
  10. Puja C Patel

    Hey Leo,

    I'd like to say you are doing a marvelous job in revolutionizing your art. I love your diversity and that is an essential key in order for an actor to be well established and valued by his fans'. You're not only an exclusive actor, but one celebrity that stands out from others outside the film spectrum. Keep up the good work and I'm super Stoked from "Inception." P.S. Keep up your boisterous energy with the vuvuzela! Lol! :P:P:P

    Take care Leo,

    Puja C. Patel

    July 6, 2010 at 5:13 am | Reply
  11. Puja C Patel

    Oopsie that was a typo "stoked FOR Inception"

    Hope all is well!

    July 6, 2010 at 6:58 am | Reply
  12. Puja C Patel

    Ughh I keep accidentally pressing enter without me completely being finished! Oh and I see that you were supposed to enter where you're from alright well I forgot that part!

    and finally for the Grand Finale....

    San Francisco!

    Toodlez Leo!!!

    July 6, 2010 at 7:01 am | Reply
  13. dubravka

    what was the best moment in your life?

    July 6, 2010 at 7:45 am | Reply
  14. Joke

    Joke from the Netherlands

    There are a lot of Internet sites dealing with movies (Imdb, rottentomatoes, etc.). Do you visit these sites (and their forums) and do you read what people say about your movies/performances ?

    July 6, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  15. Mariam

    Dear Leo,
    I'm a huge admirer of your work. I have two questions for you:

    1) Of the many characters you've played, is there a character with whom you most identify? What characteristics do you share with that character?

    2)Did playing Dom Cobb in Inception present any challenges which you had not experienced before? If so, how did you overcome those challenges?

    Thank you,
    Chicago, IL

    July 6, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  16. Chanel

    Hello Leo,

    I really enjoy watching your movies and am looking forward to seeing Inception. My questions are:

    1.How long does it take for you to memorize a script?
    2.What is your favorite music to dance to?

    Thank you,
    El Paso, TX

    July 7, 2010 at 6:18 am | Reply
  17. richard from Austria

    Dear Leo,
    My question would be:
    As a personn, dont you feel ridiculous when 10000s of people admire not your movies but you as a person whithout even knowing you???? you are an actor so trained in saying something you dont necessarily mean. Do you take yourself so important that you really think due to your movies you can get people to think of you in a certain way knowing the fact above mentioned ????

    As you may have guessed Iam not a real fan of yours. I liked the movie catch me if you can but Iam far away of your target audience which consists of women and teenagers......
    Another question would be:
    would you be able willing to meet and have a talk with a guy like me?

    July 7, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  18. richard from Austria

    great CNN...
    Are my questions too critical???
    you guys make me laugh in moderate my question to a point that i cant even recognise my question anymore.
    Sad as my questions are very interesting from a non fan standpoint...

    July 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  19. Catgunhome

    Hi Leo, Do you think I should continue to drink Yuban Colombian coffee or switch to Trader Joe's coffee? Thanks in Advance.

    July 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  20. JDK

    I was watching the Germany/Agrentina game over the weekend (incidentally, visiting family in West Virginia), and noticed you sporting a West Virginia University cap... I was curious about your connection to WVU.

    July 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  21. Michael di Caprio d'Addio

    Dear Leonardo –

    My grandmother was Elisabetta di Caprio from TrentaDueCentola near Caserta in Campania, Italy. I've found a number of family records and dox in Macerata Marcianise town hall. One of them was for Antonio di Caprio. I think there may be the same Antonio di Caprio two or three generations back in your family. I have a cousin in Florida (Elisabetta di Caprio was his grandmother, too) who used to look like your twin at various times in his life. I have a photo on my grand piano that everyone says is you, but it is actually my cousin. I have another cousin who did the di Caprio and d'Addio families' genealogy in-depth. Through this geneaologcial research and documentation, I was able to effortlessly able get my dual Italian citizenship.

    I lived for 12 years in Los Feliz on Franklin Avenue near Marshall High (on the corner of Kingsley - in a famous, old Spanish bldg. ' Casa Laguna'.) I used to run around the track at Marshall for evening exercise. I would occasionally see you around Los
    Feliz during the 1980's and remark at how much you looked like my cousin whom I referred to above. In those days I was a television producer of co-productions between RAI-TV (Italian state television) and NBC in Burbank. One of those productions was the 1982 Emmy Award-winning NBC 10-hour miniseries ' Marco Polo' which you may have seen as a child.

    I am now semi-retired, living in Ecuador in the Andes directly on the equator at 9,000 ft. in an ecological paradise ( just in case you are looking for an ' eco ' location in an eternal-Spring climate in a Shangri-la type of topography).

    Not sure if this will reach you but, if it does and you are inclined to respond, please do.

    Best regards,

    Michael di Caprio d'Addio
    Imbabura Province


    July 7, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  22. D.Ross

    I am afraid my questions are not as intense as most I have read here.
    I have been a fan since I saw you in What's eating Gilbert Grape. I was wondering which actors you followed and which made you want to get into acting.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  23. Theo V.

    Hi Leo,
    I have to say that I have been a big fan for many years. However, I do also have to admit that before you hit the big screen I admired the acting abilities of River Phoenix. Some cinemaphiles would say that his untimely tragic death actually launched your career because you stepped in and filled his shoes. So what to think of this statement and where do you think your career might be today if River Phoenix continued his successful career path?

    And thank you CNN for allowing this platform.

    Kind regards,
    (Born in Greece, raised in Chicago, lived in NYC and now in London)

    July 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  24. Terry from Norway

    Hi, Not sure why I am even doing this since I am 55 years old...so I relate more to your Mother than to you! With that said, as the youngest of four daughters of a huge sports fan, I grew up to love all kinds of sports! I must admit I got up to watch LIVE Game 7 btw the Celtics and the Lakers..Unlike you, I was rooting for the Celtics...I wrote 'got up to watch' since I live in Oslo Norway so the game started at 3.00am! And now I am about to get ready to watch Germany vs Spain...I am assuming you will be rooting for Germany? If they were to lose to Spain (they did in the European Cup in 08), who would you root for in the final?? Netherland or Spain?? Enjoy tonight's game and may the best team wins! In this WC, it has been the luckiest more than the most skillful!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  25. Jargal

    Hi Leonardo Di Caprio,
    I want to ask maybe some boring questions as below:
    – what do you think of Hollywood's adoption fevers? Do you think you ever will adopt a kid from Asia or Africa? Or when do you think of yourself to be one proud daddy to your own biological kid?
    – what is your most important dream in your life? why? do you think you will ever fulfill that dream?

    best of best,
    from Mongolia

    July 7, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  26. Krishna from India

    Hi Leonardo,

    Huge fan, loved the low-key reprisal with Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road. Would you do another film with her?

    July 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  27. Juliet Abbah

    I would like to know if Leonardo actually learnt the seirra leonean pidgin english for the movie blood diamonds?

    July 7, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  28. Annette from Denmark

    What type of film role would Leonardo DiCaprio be particularly interested in playing in the future?

    July 7, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  29. Merli Ortega

    Hi Leo I'm from Beloit WI U.S.A. & I was wondering would you ever work with a blind actor or actress ? I"m blind.

    July 7, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  30. Nkechi M

    Hi Leo,

    I admit I didn't quite know you until you hit the big screen with 'Titanic'. Since then,I ve been smitten by your works. Loved Titanic,Departed, thrilled by Shutter Island,etc, haven't seen Inception,but looking forward to it this weekend.
    Okay, Questions; & am curious, How do you effortlessly keep work n personal life separate?
    What is the most challenged work/film for you? If you weren't an actor,what other profession will you have passion for?
    And by d way, I love the look you carry now! Cheers

    Nkechi M O

    July 7, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  31. Dawn

    Hi Leo,

    I truly loved you in the Departed, and wanted you to get and win a Oscar, but the cheated you!

    What I would like to see you in is a comedy, you know the one that makes you laugh out loud, hurt your belly and cry at the same time. Hope there's one in the future.

    Georgetown, Guyana

    July 7, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  32. Mark-USA

    When you discovered that you would be playing Howard Hughes, did you eat your own poop to prepare for the role?

    July 7, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  33. Katherine Kerr


    I am from Canada, but I'm a huge follower of American Politics. I really enjoyed your 'Don't Vote' campaign. It was such a great message, and was equally hilarious. I often recite Jennifer Aniston's line, "I hear polar bears can swim." But I was wondering, would you ever consider running for politics in the future?

    By the way, thank you for caring so much about our planet. It is really wonderful that you are using your voice the way you do. You have been a huge inspiration for me not only through films, but in your political and environmental work. Thank you for being a great role model, and I'm helping you save the planet from Canada 🙂


    July 7, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  34. Bogdan O

    Hi Leo, What is your favorite movie and why? All the best, Bogdan

    July 7, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  35. Eva


    My question is:

    If you could change one thing in the world today, what would it be?

    Best regards,
    Eva (from London, UK)

    July 7, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  36. kathleen sullivan

    I would believe that the most emotional performance of your career was early in your career in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?". Would you agree?

    July 7, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  37. Gail Duncan


    Will there be more movies that will showcase the present conditions of the world during this crucial transition/change? Oil addiction rehabs? Poor people rising up and getting their share? Human beings finally waking up and pulling together regardless of race, nationality, religious beliefs , gender..? Repect for Mother Nature before it's too late?

    In Light and Love,
    Germany/Washington, D.C.

    July 7, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  38. Thomas

    Hi Leo,

    With all the success you have had and being a global celebrity, what do you do to stay tuned with the real world and keep yourself grounded?

    .. and on the fun side of that topic, what's the best perk you got for being a well-known celebrity?

    You're doing fantastic work, keep it up and all the best of luck for the future!


    July 7, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  39. Jason M

    I am from Broomfield, CO. I would like to know in the film 'The Aviator' did you know a lot about Howard Hughes or did you have to read up on his life and how he acted?

    July 7, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  40. Reza Taheri

    Hey Leo,

    I admire your work on and off the screen, thank you for not leaving the world behind!

    3 quickies:

    1. What have you learned working with Scorsese as an individual and actor?

    2. What was the biggest challenge filming Inception?

    3, Who will win the world cup?

    Peace and Love,
    Helsingborg, Sweden

    July 7, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  41. bookend

    You radiate a lot of confidence on camera. I'm sure that is the case off camera as well.

    Is there anyone who you feel completely nervous and insecure around?

    July 7, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  42. council of foreign relations

    what an honour to be addressing to the Hollywood's crown prince. Do you still enjoy pommes frites and mayonnaise 😉 ?

    July 7, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  43. Ryan Bowen

    Leo, in a time where I feel plots are becoming thinner, and actors becoming less convincing your movies have always been inspiring, educational, entertaining, enthralling, and just really a lot of emotions acting should bring to a viewer. You are really one of Hollywoods last talents and a class act both on and off screen. That said, I really wanted to ask you what is it like to be the figure you are? Entourage on HBO is one show I go out of my way to catch, and I could picture you being like Vinny Chase (the main character), and if that is what it's like, can we go race Ferraris around a track together.

    From-Cary, NC

    July 7, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  44. Eric W.

    Dear Mr. DiCaprio,
    I truly enjoy watching your films and appreciate your abilities as an actor. I would like to know what drives you in the roles you select. Is it the script, overall plot of a film or the challenge of portraying a particular character? Also one of the other stars of your caliber, Brad Pitt, is another of my favorite current actors. Would you have an interest in working together with him on a film? Thank you for your time. Wishing you continued success in your career.
    One of your many fans, Eric.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  45. Johnnyr51

    Leonardo I can't think of one movie of yours that I didn't enjoy. Personally I think your work is very much Oscar worthy. But unfortunately the critics haven't been so kind. How do you feel about so often being ignored for an Oscar? And how do you deal with criticism?


    July 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Reply
  46. Karina from Hungary

    Hi DiCaprio,

    My question is: What is your favorite word and why?

    -Karina from Hungary

    July 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  47. Roan Sano

    Hi Leo,

    I did knew you after watching TITANIC and some other movies that we can named seeing him appeared on.

    1. what makes you become at Actor?
    2. why on earth you like working with Martine Seorses?
    3. Will you sometime visit your Pacific Carmarde(mate), and have are look at the paradise islands.

    bes regards

    PORT VILA, Vanuatu
    Pacific Ocean.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Reply
  48. Hugo from Peru

    You advocate green causes yet I see you travel lots on planes and charter gas guzzling yachts, is this not a descrepancy?

    July 7, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  49. Mark-USA


    richard from Austria indeed.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Reply
  50. Jacqueline

    Hi, Umm, I want to know how you stay so grounded, especially when you're choosing movies to star in? You seem to be so well taught and informed, and you make so many good choices, for your self. I love how you challenge your self, and hope, one day I will be working beside you in a movie.

    Jacqueline D From London

    P.S Going to see you tomorrow at Leicester Square for Inception Premiere!!!!

    July 7, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  51. Lily

    Hi Leo,

    This is Lily from China. I still remembered our company organized us to see your movie "Titanic" more than 10 years ago, time flyies! it was so hot here in China, it created many topics.

    I would like to know so far what is the most satisfacotry movie you made? Hope you can come to China some day, Thanks.

    July 8, 2010 at 12:55 am | Reply
  52. Amar Asher

    Hi Leo,

    Loved your performance in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?". How did you preapre for the role & how tough was it enacting it? Do you think it is a good idea to have a sequel to Gilbert Grape? (Maybe set in today's time in NYC with you & Depp as grown up brothers)

    Good Luck – Amar.
    Coimbatore, INDIA.

    July 8, 2010 at 2:14 am | Reply
  53. Lenny

    Hi Leo,

    A few years ago, you visited our restaurant in Montezuma, Costa Rica with your friend Giselle Bundchen... El Sano Banano Village Cafe. Needless to say, it was a thrill for our staff to have served you and Giselle.

    My question to you is; What effect did your visit to Costa Rica have on you?

    Thanks and congrats on your role in "Shutter Island". You're a dynamo.


    July 8, 2010 at 2:19 am | Reply
  54. Sander

    Good morning,

    I would like to know whether you are a soccer fan judging by the many shots of you on TV during the games in South Africa? And if so, do you think Holland will win the final?


    p.s. just to prove you are a soccer fan could you briefly explain offside? thanks a lot

    July 8, 2010 at 2:31 am | Reply
  55. Peter

    How do you plan to continue evolving as an actor – what inspires you, which directors have influenced you the most, what motivates you, what kind of legacy do you aim to leave?

    Peter from Hong Kong.

    July 8, 2010 at 3:34 am | Reply
  56. Tahria

    How do you feel about Twitter and other social networking sites?
    How do you manage to keep your private life so private?
    Are there any young actors or musicians that impress you?

    From W.I.

    July 8, 2010 at 3:56 am | Reply
  57. Winnie

    Hi Leo,

    Do you have plans in the near future to make another environmental film?

    Have you thought of using elements of mainstream cinema rather than a documentary to convey the message?

    I've been a great fan since 'What's eating Gilbert Grape'. Keep up the good work.

    Love from London, UK

    July 8, 2010 at 4:06 am | Reply
  58. Brent Thomas

    Do you people really think he is going to respond to your questions!? Like one of the biggest movie stars on the planet doesnt have anything better to do! You people are idiots!

    July 8, 2010 at 4:27 am | Reply
  59. Misty

    Hi Leo, I am from Mumbai, India. I have really admired your work these past years.
    My question to you is that for a while now the movies that you have worked on have been pretty serious in their nature.
    Would you consider doing a light hearted romantic or a comedy movie sometime in the future ?

    July 8, 2010 at 5:10 am | Reply
  60. Sandra Drechsler

    Hi Leo,

    I am still suffering from last night's disappointment of Germany losing to Spain in the semi finals of the world cup.

    You were watching Germany play Argentina last week. Are you following German football and if so, what is your favorite team and player?


    July 8, 2010 at 6:18 am | Reply
  61. Eleni-Greece

    Dear Leo,

    1) You fight for the salvation of our environment with actions and have adopted habits in your everyday life for that cause. What about animals who are tortured and their skin is taking of while being still alive just to make furs (and other cruel things that we don’t even know about)? Whould you like to participate in a campaign considering their rights?

    2) Since 1993 you have been nominated for many acting awards (some of them won) but never had the chance of winning an Oscar though you are one of the most talented actors of our generation.
    Do you feel that your talent has not been recognized yet?

    July 8, 2010 at 6:48 am | Reply
  62. Mauricio Escalante

    From Mexico:

    When choosing a character to portray, do you look for that character to have a certain characteristic that you enjoy portraying?

    July 8, 2010 at 7:04 am | Reply
  63. Daniel Stuntz

    Dear Leonardo,

    Hello from Japan, where the Japanese just love you! OK, I'm a fan, too.

    What was it like working with Ken Watanabe?

    Thanks and have a great 2010.

    Peace from Japan,

    Dan (Wisconsin Cheesehead native)

    July 8, 2010 at 7:23 am | Reply
  64. Montana Jones

    Hi, this is Montana Jones, from Sante Fe.

    Leonardo, I wish to express my appreciation and admiration to you for your pioneering work on environmental advocacy – climate change in particular. I believe you're quite modest about your work: indeed, there are thousands of researchers and activists working every day on this topic, out of the limelight. But through your channels, you are able to bring the message to the mainstream. Fighting global warming requires everyone on board: from suburban housewives to politicians to business to villagers in developing countries and to, indeed, Hollywood actors. Everyone has something to contribute.

    Climate change skeptics, funded by big business, feed off humankind's natural instinct to avoid bad news, change and sacrifice. We must challenge these anti-scientific opportunists.

    For years, many of us have seen the signs. The Aztecs, the Incas, the Egyptians, the Hebrews – all predicted the end of the world by 2012. The planet's animals are changing their migration patterns and behaviour. Just the other day, a psychic octopus in Germany predicted apocalypse might even come earlier.

    For this reason, my friends and I have developed an underground eco-bunker for the impending apocalypse and would love for you to visit. With hydroponics, we are growing fresh organic produce and solar energy provides heating. We even have a multi-media centre powered by hydrogen fuel cells and would love for you to come do an interview. We have enough food, water and arms to last us until 2020. By then, we believe we would have developed additional technology to expand our resource efficiency.

    On another note, we loved you in Gilbert Grape.

    Best wishes.

    July 8, 2010 at 7:54 am | Reply
  65. Hossam Kamel

    Dear Leo,

    Huge fan!

    Curious quick questions. Did you ever regret being an actor? i.e Do you sometimes get the feeling of "why did I become an actor"? Why? How do you overcome it?

    If you were to choose another job other than acting, what would it be?


    Peace from Cairo, Egypt.

    July 8, 2010 at 7:56 am | Reply
  66. Ana Cristina Acosta-Schumacher

    How do you feel you can use your celebrity status to help the general public understand the importance of environmental issues with which we are faced today? Do you feel you have done enough thus far?

    July 8, 2010 at 8:25 am | Reply
  67. Elena from Greece

    Hey Leo,

    I’m Elena from Greece, 29 years old. So…these are my questions for you..
    After the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spil thousands of animals died (including 11 workers) and unfortunately will die in the future. However even if the Oil Company pays millions as refund , that won’t bring these poor animals back in life.
    1. What do you believe should be done to protect animals in the future? It seems that no one cares enough for their rights. Some people even believe that animals shouldn’t have rights which I believe is outrageous..
    2. There are millions of people in this world that are starving, battle with diseases, are tortured, killed, raped etc..As a result ,environment is the last thing that most of people have on their minds. They are struggling for survival. What do you believe should be done to make a better world a reality some day?
    3. What do you want to be remembered of mostly? As an excellent talent in acting (and film industry generally) or as Di Caprio the philanthropist?

    And a personal question….
    4. Over the past few years you have been related to women who work as models. Is that a coincidence or you admire very good looking women that’s why you want to be dating them?

    Have a nice day Leo and keep up the good work.You are an excellent actor.

    Elena from Athens-Greece

    July 8, 2010 at 8:39 am | Reply
  68. Reza Taheri


    Amazing acting, and work on the environment, good job!

    Do you have any rituals when you start filming a new project?

    Rank 3 favorite movies that you have made

    Who would you like to work with that you never have worked with before? Why? One alive, and one that has passed away.

    Any recent pranks??

    Much love


    July 8, 2010 at 8:51 am | Reply
  69. Faten

    Hello from Dubai- you've earned the respect of movie-goers, critics and colleagues- which film of yours do you feel has not been recognised for its worth, if any?

    July 8, 2010 at 9:05 am | Reply
  70. Lenny wood

    Hi Leo
    I read most of these Questions.. but no mention of movie "Blood Diamond"... I enjoyed this movie so much, as i lived in South Africa for 15 years, My question.. How did you learn to speak with South African Accent?... you did very well
    Len .. In Sint Maarten

    July 8, 2010 at 9:19 am | Reply
  71. Rahul

    Hi Leo,

    Awesome films most of them. Whan are you picking a story from India?

    keep up the good stuff.

    Rahul Kapur

    July 8, 2010 at 9:25 am | Reply
  72. Jayn

    Robert De Niro was Scorseses first muse (and I didnt miss his appearance in Shutter Island). If it had been you that was his first muse, which De Niro character would you be most excited to play? Jayn, England.

    July 8, 2010 at 9:38 am | Reply
  73. Rahul

    Hi Leo,

    Awesome films most of them. Whan are you picking a story from India?

    keep up the good stuff.

    Rahul Kapur

    Shimla, India

    July 8, 2010 at 9:39 am | Reply
  74. Kathleen of Philippines

    Hi Leo,

    I super, super love you!

    With so much love,

    July 8, 2010 at 9:50 am | Reply
  75. Jones


    I'm writing from Dublin, Ireland but originally from the Midwest in the US.

    What got you interested in working for environmental causes, and have you done any work with factory farming in the US?

    Also whats your favorite sandwich? everybody's got one so whats yours.

    July 8, 2010 at 9:57 am | Reply
  76. Taline Ekizian

    Hi Mr. Dicaprio...

    I am from Beirut, Lebanon. The answer of an appreciatable actor might 'slightly' be different than that of an anonymous one , based on the latter i recently have the following questions:

    – In the current century, based on what an entity should own a future occupation?
    -Do you believe that a greater success can be made in the West as compared to the East?
    – What if you were a politician...Would you reason the same way as now?
    -Experience should create the advice itself... What would you advise to a Lebanese citizen planning to a brighter future?

    Thank you

    Taline Ekizian

    Beirut, Lebanon

    July 8, 2010 at 11:12 am | Reply
  77. samira

    Hello Leo,

    I am your biggest fan and I love you and your movies. You play your roles so perfectly and Your capibilites as an actor,just keep getting better and better and more refined with each movie.
    You were awesome in Gangs of Newyork ,The Revolutionary road , Body of lies, Blood Diamond & Shutter Island.
    I should also compliment you on your work on raising awareness about the damage being done to the environment and its prevention.
    Take care and keep up the good work

    Karachi, Pakistan

    July 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  78. Kim J

    Hi Leo – this is Kim J from the People's Republic of Korea,

    You may not be aware, but you have a huge following here in the PRK. I strongly encourage you to come here and make your first musical! Really, you have no choice ;-p

    We have another star here who reminds me of a Korean you – his name is Hans – I'm sure he'd love for you guys to collaborate!

    So my question reo, is whether you are an optimist or a pessimist? Sometimes I feel we're all heading for destruction, but then I see people like who care, and it makes me feel the sunshine policy inside.

    Lastly, Leo, even though you are a big star, do you still sometimes feel ronery?

    So rong, your no. 1 fan, Kim J

    July 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  79. Louise

    What was it like working with my god – christopher nolan – as a director?

    July 8, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  80. SaintPetersburg

    Hi Leo

    My name is Talli and I'm from New Jersey. I was wondering if you can open up about your acting process. It seems like most modern acting is split into 2 phases, the preparation, and then open/improvisational approach to actually playing the scene, so I will ask about both

    1)During preparation are you more likely to try to figure out how the character may be thinking, and let it influence your physicality, or do you find the physicality and let it influence everything else? Is your preparation more imaginative or analytical?

    2)When you film a scene do you come into it with any kind of predetermined mindframe or do you just try to stay loose and in the moment and allow it to go anywhere it may?

    And finally, how was it to work with Tom Hardy and JGL. Did they inspire you in anyway, or did you pick up anything from them? (it sounds kind of weird to ask this since you have more years in the game than them)

    July 9, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  81. Rednas

    Hi Leo,

    First of all I want to express my appreciation for your environmental work, I think it's extremely important that people care about our trees.

    My question might be a bit unrelated to your profession, but since you're into the environment and all, I was wondering whether you are familiar with Paul, the psychic octopus who has been predicting all the soccer games so far (as reported on CNN as well)? And if so, I would like to know whether you think this is possible? I mean, CNN had a scientist explain that an octopus is a very smart animal and a famous mathematician said that statistically it's impossible to get a 100% score....

    And since I have the opportunity to ask you a question in public, I wanted to point to your attention that there is actually another octopus in a zoo in Pyongyang, Gary, who makes "political and entertainment" predictions. Among others he predicted sandra bullock would win an oscar and that general petraeus would take over command in Afghanistan. Not to mention that he said 'an English oil company will cause havoc in American seas', seems to be too much of a coincidence.

    Anyway, loved you in catch me if you can, you should have won an oscar for that (as predicted by Gary)...

    See you!

    Rednas live from Rangamati

    July 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  82. Min Wah


    I know you get this a lot, but I JUST LOVE YOU!!!!

    Will you marry me? I am a great cook.

    Keep up the good work,
    Your biggest fan,

    Min Wah from China

    July 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  83. Peter Mbwago

    Hi Leonaldo!
    I am an aspiring actor from Tanzania,third world country,I'd like your opinion as an actor from the clip that I've tried to upload on youtube @mbwago with the title ACTING

    July 9, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  84. Peter Mbwago

    Peter Mbwago from Dar es Salaam Tanzania.
    Leo, what was the shocking moment in the making of Shutter Island. And if there were other two stories one for a mentally twisted mind and the other for a Romantic drama. Which one would you pick as your next project and why?

    July 11, 2010 at 8:59 am | Reply
  85. Peter Mbwago

    Peter Mbwago from Dar es Salaam Tanzania.
    Leo, what was the shocking moment in the making of Shutter Island. And if there were other two stories one for a mentally twisted mind and the other for a Romantic drama. Which one would you pick as your next project and why?

    July 11, 2010 at 9:03 am | Reply
  86. Grunty Lee


    For sure, Mona Lisa is a great painting and one of your best: what advice do you have for aspiring artists like myself? Thanks.

    July 11, 2010 at 11:25 am | Reply
  87. michael

    questions about world cup
    1) What did you think of the world cup?

    2) Who were you cheering for?

    3) Would you like to see the 2018-2022 world cup be hosted in the USA?

    4) What do you think of the US team and it's future?

    July 11, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Reply
  88. Pravin Daswani

    My name is Pravin from Canary Islands,Spain and I would like to ask to Mr Dicaprio who was the best director he has worked with

    thank you very much

    July 12, 2010 at 12:17 am | Reply
  89. sophie

    the other night when i with my friends was in the bar watching the world cup, i saw his face in the tv for seconds.

    anyway, do you have any plans about your next moive.
    and what ido you think your weakness is in performance?
    do you think that youself a good actor?

    July 12, 2010 at 1:55 am | Reply
  90. Madhu

    Hello Mr. Di Caprio...Greetings from India and you have a huge fan following in my country..as you are aware. Please would you consider doing a movie on re incarnation. i know that your performance in such a theme, would be very intense.
    Thank you and the very best always..Madhu.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:44 am | Reply
  91. Chemon

    I will like to know what is your favorite book and why?

    July 12, 2010 at 2:57 am | Reply
  92. Farrukh


    I would like to ask you a personal question that how much do you value the family and relationships with parents, siblings and grandparents? I heard you loved you grandmother very much and stayed with her during her last time. It is good to see that some A-list hollywoodian does so after we hear estranged relationships all the time.

    And one more question if you answer that, what do you think is the reason of seemingly different attitudes of many celebrities on and off the screen. What makes them do that?

    Watched trailer of inception can tell it is a great movie full of thriller and great acting of yours

    July 12, 2010 at 3:54 am | Reply
  93. Claudia from Peru

    In everybody's lives there are ups and downs, both personal and professional. What has been your most significant 'up' and how you have dealt with it? Same question for 'downs'. Thanks.

    July 12, 2010 at 4:35 am | Reply
  94. Miles

    What are your thoughts about the World Cup final?

    July 12, 2010 at 4:59 am | Reply
  95. julie

    hello mr. dicaprio,

    god, could you please tell us what makes you so gorgeous ? seriously!!!

    thank you in advance for your answer.

    July 12, 2010 at 5:40 am | Reply
  96. Chand

    Hi Leo,

    Greetings from Malaysia!
    I do enjoy your movies and I think you are a good actor.
    I also think your work with the environment is commendable. You lead by example and that's what the world really needs. Keep up the good work and hope someday if you are in Kuala Lumpur, do give me a tinkle and I will be your tour guide around our beautiful islands and rainforest.

    July 12, 2010 at 5:57 am | Reply
  97. Barti Rajan

    Hi DiCaprio,

    I always admired the legendry actor Gregory Peck and now its Leonardo DiCaprio who is the future.

    my qn is:
    a) What is your fondest childhood memory
    b) I would like to show you around the not so touristy places in Dubai if you ever visit here

    Barti Rajan

    July 12, 2010 at 6:12 am | Reply
  98. Julie

    Hello Leo,

    I am curious as to what you would most like to be remembered for in your life? Acting may be your career and even passion, but when all is said and done, what characteristics, actions or other would you hope you would be remembered for?

    Warmest Regards,

    July 12, 2010 at 7:06 am | Reply
  99. Mariska Conradie

    'Blood Diamonds' was one of the most realistic big movies about Africa. Have you seen THAT side of Africa on your visits and what is your prognosis for our troubled but talented continent?

    July 12, 2010 at 7:42 am | Reply
  100. ric

    my question is why u are still not married? thnks for the movies..

    July 12, 2010 at 8:08 am | Reply
  101. harleen

    hi, absolutely good looking and very intense actor! love it..
    question: i notice you tend to play a victim e.g. departed, body of lies, shutter island and now inception.
    is this intentional?

    keep up the good work, PS: my friend still can't talk Afrikaans like you in Blood Diamond lol

    July 12, 2010 at 8:37 am | Reply
  102. Chimgee

    1) What would he do with his life if money did not matter?

    2) How does he reconcile socially responcibility, awareness and concern for less fortunate with the hypocracy and self-centeredness of showbusiness?

    July 12, 2010 at 8:38 am | Reply
  103. Ivan

    Hi Leonardo,
    What do you think aboout the realtion of man and woman in family? in general.. form your point of view.

    tahnks in advance and have a nice summer!


    July 12, 2010 at 8:53 am | Reply
  104. Basil Ani

    i from Ghana , i enjoy your program and never miss for any thing, good work by the the whole team , i will to ask , Leonardo , how did you fell after shooting the movie Titanic,
    u really great and like to see you in a comedy movie.

    July 12, 2010 at 9:03 am | Reply
  105. Sarah

    You've been a great influence & a major inspirational source for many years now. I wanted to ask you:

    How are you applying or practicing your environment friendly attitude during the making of your movies?


    keep up the Great job you're doing!


    July 12, 2010 at 9:49 am | Reply
  106. Duarte Barradas

    1 – You being an intergalatic star, how do you keep a normal life?
    Are you able to actually have a normal life, i.e. wife and being faithful (considering the fans around you), kids and putting them to school and to sleep, time to read, to hang out with friends, even paying the mortgage?

    2 – Is there a secret for your success?

    3- One of your greatest acts is "The Beach"! Great movie and sound track. Do you listen to "slighty stupid"? (Could not stop to hear that carabien funky sound after seeing the beach.

    You the best man!

    July 12, 2010 at 10:11 am | Reply
  107. Jakoleen Louw (Jacqui)

    Hi Leo

    Thank you so much for the 11th hour. I believe that it is time for change.

    I would like to know what ACTIVE STEPS WITH POSITIVE RESULTS was taken or achieved since the Obama administration took over on the issue of environmental conservation, habitat loss for animals, pollution of the ground and air, etc. Was any legislation passed, is compulsary education implemented in schools? What was done? Please respond.



    July 12, 2010 at 10:19 am | Reply

    Would you play the role of GRANT MACDONALD in GETTYMOVIE?

    July 12, 2010 at 11:14 am | Reply
  109. Aravinth Sundar

    Dear Leo,

    I am Aravinth from India, its okay if you din't pronounce my name right 🙂 but we the ppl of India have a strong connection with you after Titanic, you role in each movie are very special to us and in the recent past you are one super star. Believe it or not the Hairstyle you had in Titanic has been followed by N number of people here. Would you come here once and shoot a film possibly 🙂 and i also have a quick question, your character in each movie are excellent and the you are doing a great job but still not much of nominations for the oscar, do you think about career goals and cinema and oscar. which is important to you ?

    July 12, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  110. keri

    Leo,...keep doing what you do ,you've got talent young man.
    cheers from kenya.

    July 12, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  111. council of foreign relations

    are you considering a presidential career? Your charisma, wits and green approach could be decisive towards such a goal and put to good use as well.

    July 12, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  112. Liezel


    You started your career at a very young age. If you could live your life again would you still choose to be famous or would you choose a different path? Why?

    July 12, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  113. Brandy

    I would like to know if, now that Kate Winslet is divorcing, are there any romantic inclinations or intentions toward her? I think the two of you would make a great couple off-screen as you seemed to have on-screen.

    Consider it. Any fool can see that she's in love with you. Good luck.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  114. Syed Irtaza Ali


    Have been watching all your movies since Titanic. Departed was gr8 to watch and Shutter Island kept me confused as you were 🙂

    Eagerly waiting for Inception to release in theaters here.

    My questions:
    Are you still wearing Tagheur watches?
    Any movie you did and think you should have got an Oscar for it?

    Have a nice show,

    Lahore, Pakistan

    July 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  115. Alex

    Hi Leonardo,

    I am in Palmdale, California and would liek to know what are your strategies to choose your next movie? what kind of stories pick your interest most?

    July 12, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  116. adela

    Hi Leonardo,

    Just to tell you that u are one great actor and most talented of our time, I love all your work!

    Like seeing you with the vuvuzela in the world cup matches!

    Wish u the best in your career and in your personal life.

    Greetings from Peru

    July 12, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  117. michelle murray

    Hi Leo
    I read that you are a big fan of contemporary art.
    Who do you like right now?

    July 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  118. Siama Nazmeen

    I would like to know what is leonardo's favorite movie? (one that he has not starred in).

    also, is there a movie he would love to star in or direct himself?

    July 12, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  119. Saima Nazmeen

    I would like to know what is leonardo's favorite movie? (one that he has not starred in).

    also, is there a movie he would love to star in or direct himself?


    London UK

    July 12, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  120. raman

    i am 73, and a great fan of u. u live the roles, and bring fresh perspective to the charecters.
    best wishes,

    July 12, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  121. Wilson

    Hi Mr. Di Caprio,
    I'm from Brazil and a big fan of your work. To me, you are one of the best actors nowadays, and really deserved the Oscar when played H. Hughes "the aviator"
    Have you ever think to perform in a comedy?
    Best wishes.

    July 12, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  122. Andrew


    What is a good way to break into showbusiness? I feel that I have a lot to offer but with my job in Arizona I am not sure that I have the time to go to rehursales or casting calls. Any suggestions?

    July 12, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  123. Ems

    Hello Leonardo,

    I've seen a lot of your movies..Ive seen Titanic 8 times! You are one of the greatest actors of your generation.

    You have won different best actors awards except Oscars..(and you deserve to have that trophy).

    What do you think do you need to do more to get that award?

    You're the best!



    July 12, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  124. Rachel

    Leo is fit what else can i say !!!!! Xxxxxx

    July 29, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Reply

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