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Saturday 20 December 2014

Martin Scorsese: DiCaprio is terrific

Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio is a "terrific" talent, says Martin Scorsese.

The pair are teaming up on their fifth film together; The Wolf of Wall Street, after a string of box office successes.

Scorsese loves working with the actor as they see eye-to-eye on most things.

"Yes, we are. I first heard about Leo from Robert De Niro. He told me in passing, 'I just did this thing called This Boy's Life with this kid named Leo DiCaprio. He's really good. You should work with him some day.' And he rarely says that. He's always really kind about other people, but he rarely says I should work with somebody. I saw What's Eating Gilbert Grape and I didn't realise it was him and he was terrific," he gushed to Parade.

"And then of course Titanic. I thought he was very good in that. So when the word came around that he liked my movies, and his participation in Gangs of New York was able to get that movie made, a very special relationship started."

Scorsese appreciates DiCaprio's vision when it comes to filmmaking. The director says even though the 37-year-old star is younger than him, they have similar ideas.

"We're a different generation, but he goes in the same places that I want to go. He's not afraid to go there. He's not afraid to deal with that part of himself and that's interesting," he said.

"We have a different context, we grew up differently, but I think we speak the same language emotionally and psychologically. It's very lucky."

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