Shawn Edwards sits down with Leonardo DiCaprio to discuss his role as Jay Gatsby in the new movie The Great Gatsby, Jay-Z and Hip Hop.
LEONARDO DICAPRIO (Jay Gatsby) is an award-winning actor and a three- time Academy Award® nominee. DiCaprio most recently starred in Quentin Tarantino’s film “Django Unchained,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for his work. Prior to “Django Unchained,” he starred in the title role in “J. Edgar” under the direction of Clint Eastwood. He received Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations for his work in the film. Additionally, he starred in Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster “Inception,” and Martin Scorsese’s dramatic thriller “Shutter Island.” DiCaprio recently completed filming “The Wolf of Wall Street,” his fifth film under the direction of Scorsese, due out later this year.
DiCaprio earned his latest Oscar® nod in 2007 for his performance in Edward Zwick’s drama “Blood Diamond,” also receiving Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and SAG Award® nominations for his work in the film. That same year, he garnered Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, Critics’ Choice Award and SAG Award® nominations for his role in the Oscar®-winning Best Picture “The Departed,” directed by Scorsese. He also shared in a SAG Award® nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast Performance as a member of the ensemble cast of “The Departed.”
He previously earned an Academy Award® nomination for his performance in Scorsese’s acclaimed 2004 biopic “The Aviator.” DiCaprio’s portrayal of Howard Hughes in that film also brought him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama, as well as Critics’ Choice and BAFTA Award nominations. He was also honored with two SAG Award® nominations, one for Best Actor and another for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast Performance as part of the “The Aviator” cast.
In addition to his acting work, DiCaprio launched his own production company, Appian Way. Under the Appian Way banner, he wrote, produced and narrated the acclaimed environmentally themed documentary “The 11th Hour.” Among Appian Way’s other productions are the aforementioned “Shutter Island” and “The Aviator,” as well as “The Ides of March,” “Red Riding Hood,” “Orphan,” “Public Enemies” and the soon to be released “Out of the Furnace,” starring Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson, and “Runner, Runner,” starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck.
Segment Journalist: Shawn Edwards, Twitter @SedwardsKC
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