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comment by NOSEYPIXIE Jan 1, 2005Just been checking out the images from the new Martin Scorsese film about Howard Hughes, "The Aviator". The first thing that has struck me is that no matter how much bumfluff you put on the top of Leonardo De Caprio's top lip, he still only manages to look about 15 years old. Although I don't know much about the real Howard Hughes, I'm confident that he was older than this when he became one of the pioneers of flight.
It's perhaps a little too early to criticise as I haven't seen the film and little Leo is not that bad an actor, but he looks miscast to me....perhaps he would have been more suited to playing Amelia Earhart in her biopic.
comment by abstract agenda Jan 3, 2005I totally agree - I have always felt that when it comes to Master De Caprio, Camille Paglia's comment gets it spot-on:
"he looks like a 14 year old lesbian..."
... jealous of the adulation he receives - me? no, never.
comment by Christian Bodart Jan 4, 2005Yes he's got to be one of the ugliest male leads ever, I've never forgiven River Pheonix for dying and creating such demand for blond cuteness that Leonardo slipped in.
Still he'll have to turn eventually, they all do
Look at Gentle Ben:
And Home Alone:
And of course the infamous tootseal:
Hmmm, gone off track there. I mean seals *are* cute and shouldn't die whereas Leonardo isn't cute and....
comment by llamarama Jan 4, 2005Absolutely. In fact, I can't think of a time when Leo di Capuccino didn't seem miscast. He always manages to look like some kid who's been playing in the dressing-up box. And Kate Windswept looked like a right cradle-snatcher in comparison.
River Phoenix? He'd surely have grown into a a fine Johnny Depp type character by now?
comment by Christian Bodart Jan 4, 2005I don't think he was miscast in Gilbert Grape, he made a very convincing challenged child, too convincing perhaps...
comment by NOSEYPIXIE Jan 4, 2005I couldn't agree more with the previous post...and don't get me started on the "Titanic" rant.
Still, I'm interested in seeing "The Aviator" just to see if he can pull it off.
comment by Spinky Jan 5, 2005You want to see what? I don't think they'll show that!
comment by Daniel Etherington Jan 5, 2005The Aviator is great. I totally agree about Leo, a boy-man who makes me feel reassured about my own skinniness and inability to grow a proper beard... Er... but anyways.... it is a good film, and unlike in Gangs of NY, when for the "buff topless shot" Leo defo had a body double, here it's all him, in his scrawny glory.
He doesn't look much like Hughes, but hey, it's a mwoovie. (Cate Blanchett doesn't look much like Hepburn but she's great too.) What Di Cap does do is give his best performance ever. I've read a biog of Hughes, so poss knew a wee bit more about him than the average punter, but Leo's and Scorsese's version of him didn't jar massively with what I'd read.
Oh, and he was 22 when he first started work on the film Hell's Angels, which is where the film starts off. He was in his late 20s when he started breaking records.
comment by kendo, man! Jan 6, 2005He is also responsable for Orlando Blooms career. If ever there was a romatic lead who just needed a good slap and a couple of hours down the gym its him.
I think he is cast as it makes the ladies want to mother him.
Sorry there should have been an extra S in there somewere.
comment by Daniel Etherington Jan 6, 2005Bloom. Hmm. Have you seen the trailer for Ridley Scott's upcoming crusades flick Kingdom of Heaven? He's just a million miles away from the gravitas required to carry that kinda thing.
comment by kendo, man! Jan 6, 2005I saw the pics. Sadly just giving him a beard is not really going to cut any ice.
Full marks for not getting type-cast though, and Mr Scott does sort of know what he's doing by now.
comment by Daniel Etherington Jan 6, 2005yeah, Scott has made some of my fave flicks (Blade Runner, Alien) and he can even work with Jerry Bruckheimer and make a decent movie (Black Hawk Down - a remarkable piece of filmmaking for its choreography and editing even if you find it dubious).
Still, Kingdom of Heaven was once upon a time a development hell project called The Crusades, starring Arnie... Can you imagine Arnie doing a kinda Middle Ages Conan - or Col John Matrix - in the Middle East in this political climate? The mind boggles.
comment by Phasar Jan 6, 2005Leo only has one expression, which I always thought made his acting potential a bit limited. But apparently not. I'm always so wrong.
However, he was perfect in This Boy's Life, and not all that bad in Catch Me If You Can either.
comment by The Exploding Boy Jan 7, 2005I can honestly say I've never seen a movie with Messrs. Di Caprio in when he didn't just be...well, Messrs. Di Caprio. Is that acting?
Nah. It's rubbish. Film looks interesting though.
comment by NOSEYPIXIE Jan 7, 2005There's a great performance in Mr Di Caprio somewhere. I believe there is a part for him playing the part of Geoffery in the new Francis Ford Copolla's adaptation of the famous children's programme "Rainbow".
comment by The Exploding Boy Jan 13, 2005I think that would be great! I also think he'd be terrific as a gangplank in the Pirates of the Caribbean sequel. Maybe even a chair in one of these new fangled period dramas - hmmm, something plain and dusty, like a stool, perhaps...
comment by NOSEYPIXIE Jan 13, 2005Is he that good?
comment by The Exploding Boy Jan 13, 2005Apparantly, judging by his past performances, he can do furniture rather well. Do you remember Titanic? Well, you recall that wooden door Kate Winslet ended up floating on in the end? That was the guy who very nearly got the main role. The audition was a very close thing.
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