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Leonardo DiCaprio Says He's Planning To Take "A Long, Long Break" From Acting

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 19, 2013 11:49 AM
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Leonardo DiCaprio

While he might not be churning them out like Jessica Chastain or Matthew McConaughey, every time Leonardo DiCaprio takes on a new project, it's undeniably an event. 2010 saw him star in both Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" and Christopher Nolan's "Inception," the following year he led Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," and within six months of each other Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" and Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" (which were initially slated to be released on the same day). Of course, he also recently wrapped his next re-teaming with Scorsese on "The Wolf Of Wall Street." And now it looks like the actor wants to take a breather.

Overseas talking to German press outlet Bild, the actor revealed that he's stepping away from film sets for a little bit. "I am a bit drained. I'm now going to take a long, long break. I've done three films in two years and I'm just worn out," he said. So what he is going to do with his time? Well, he's not going to be sitting at home catching up on the last season of "Breaking Bad."

"I would like to improve the world a bit. I will fly around the world doing good for the environment," he said. While this may be surprising to come, DiCaprio has long been an environmental activist, and it's not just saying slogans and attending fundraisers. "My roof is covered with solar panels. My car is electric. A normal person does not drive more than 50 kilometres (31 miles) a day. That can be done with a plug," he said.

Well, we can hardly blame the guy for wanting to recharge, and if he's going to do some good work while he's at it, more power to him. This may mean projects he's been linked to in the past year like "Live By Night," "Devil In The White City" and Alejandro González Iñárritu's "The Revenant" may go on the backburner, the DiCaprio is at the level where good projects will wait and/or he'll have his pick of the crop when he's ready to get back in the game. And with two more movies on the way in 'Gatsby' and 'Wolf,' and 'Django' in theaters now, there will be more than enough DiCaprio to tide us over. [Buzzfeed via JoBlo]

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  • Selena | March 29, 2014 3:39 PMReply

    This is good for him! He deserves it. All of those snobs always bossing him around! He is a good person! So think before you judge him people!!!!!!!

  • Shavonna | March 29, 2014 3:42 PM

    Selena I agree!!! Amen!!!!!!!

  • J Hall | March 1, 2013 12:00 AMReply

    Did anyone see the show on HGTV that had a tour of his trailor for the set of Inception? It was a full semi trailor that had an Italian marble shower and a kitchen for his private chef. It would seem that if he were really concerned about "doing good for the environment" he'd learn to use a shower made from local California stone and eat food prepared for the rest of the crew, rather than paying to have stone hauled halfway across the world and have his chef commute every day just to prepare his meals (only 1 bedroom in the trailor), rather than indulging his expensive tastes. So many of these self-righteous celebrities tell we mere mortals how we "should" live while blowing more money than we'll earn in a decade or a lifetime on frivolities. It's sickeningly hypocritical or elitist, depending on how they rationalize it within themselves, and either way wholly unsavory and disrespectable.

  • Violet | February 4, 2013 10:45 AMReply

    Uhmm I'm pretty certain that Live By Night is Ben Affleck's film.

  • Joe | February 4, 2013 3:12 AMReply

    I wonder if he goes out to his balcony overlooking East LA and says, "Aaah, now that I've made this city environmentally sustainable, I can go out and change the world."

    What a d-bag.

  • Susan | January 22, 2013 8:19 PMReply

    Enjoy you break DiCaprio, you earned it. :o)

  • Alex | January 22, 2013 5:20 PMReply

    This guy's career is quiet remarkable. Like Jodie Foster he's one of the lucky ones to have made it through childhood to adulthood seemingly quiet smoothly. Props to him, I forget about This Boy's Life or What's eating Gilbert Grape, Basketball Diaries all before the Romeo and Juliet and Titanic lobbed him into super superstardom, and barring the girls he dates appearing in the press I hardly see him anywhere but in another decent movie.

  • Charles Duval | January 21, 2013 7:52 AMReply

    What if he can actually fly? ......

  • Michael D. | January 20, 2013 2:12 PMReply

    "I'll be tooling around in my coal-powered car when I'm not saving the planet by spewing carbon high in the atmosphere on my Tar Sands-fueled private jet." --- Calvin Candie

  • BB | January 20, 2013 6:27 AMReply

    Waow, some of you guys like to give cheap shots, hugh ? The guy is one of the greatest american actors nowadays, he looks nice, he is very involved in his movies, he's got this exotic aura, this vulnerability and this intensity that make him very unique. I love him a lot personally.

    About the "fly" : what do you expect him to take to travel around the world ? Train ? Come on you guys, don't be silly. Boats ? I guess those give a lot of pollution in the seas, as planes do in the sky (maybe not as much but still), and knowing Leo, they would hurt icebergs, hahaha!

    I respect his decision, but I gonna miss him a lot ! I'm european, and we, in Europe, seem to appreciate him a bit more than you, no ? Don't take it bad, just saying !

  • Raja Sekhar | February 4, 2013 2:50 AM

    Nicely Said

  • Jenny | January 22, 2013 9:39 AM

    @BB, I've noticed that the only people who seem to be so "impressed" with him, are other men. What is mysterious about this man today (other than what his real sexuality is)? Also, 3 films in 2 yrs is not a lot. My guess is, he's just not getting the work these days. He did some high profile things but the work is probably just drying up. I mean, how often can he work with M.S. ? Maybe nobody else is really offering him anything. So to cover himself, he says he's "taking a long break". Also, he's not a particularly good actor. He used to be very good but I don't know what happened. It's been like that since around the time he did Gangs Of New York, it seems. I used to really, really like him. Anyway, he needs to go back to school somewhere so when he speaks he can sound intelligent. Right now, he just sounds like he's not very educated when he talks.

  • KIP | January 20, 2013 6:05 AMReply

    The next time DiCaprio is asked what he´s doing next, and why, he should just punch the interviewer in the face. That would give him a lot less grief.

  • Mitch | January 20, 2013 3:26 AMReply

    Hopefully when he returns he'll stop acting in nothing but Oscar bait....(and stop acting in Scorsese-pictures...)

  • Jon | January 31, 2013 3:23 AM

    Never heard of The Departed?

  • Troy | January 20, 2013 6:09 AM

    Playing a sadistic racist and saying the n-word a million times is Oscar bait? I did not know that.

  • CARY | January 20, 2013 2:06 AMReply

    I wish that DiCaprio'd try a less intense character in a lower budget movie during this break. What about a Terrence Malick movie? It seems that actors are just having good time at Malick's set. Work can be draining, but it also can be recharging and refreshing sometimes.

  • Fango Rechained | January 22, 2013 9:42 AM

    @Troy, Don't be stupid. Tarantino just came off of Inglorious Basterds, which won at least a couple of Oscars, and now Django Unchained has been nominated. So STFU. And yes, ALL of Tarantino's films have the N-word a million times. His favorite word.

  • Chris | January 19, 2013 4:04 PMReply

    "I will FLY around the world doing good for the environment." According to his own train of thought, wouldn't that statement be contradictory? Take a walk, Leo.

  • David | January 20, 2013 12:56 PM


  • DG | January 20, 2013 1:51 AM

    How else would you expect him to get there? Drive his car electric car to the edge of the continent design a boat that doesn't run on gas and take it across the ocean? Of course he has to fly to be able to get around the world...sacrifice a little pollution for a greater cause is probably more around his train of thought, bro.

  • caro | January 19, 2013 8:55 PM


  • Robert yaffe | January 19, 2013 3:19 PMReply

    He can afford to take a break .Don't judge him

  • ALEX | January 19, 2013 1:18 PMReply

    I think after all the oscar snubs and not being appreciated enough for his performances of late i really can't blame him at all if he wants to take a break.

  • Kyle | January 19, 2013 12:49 PMReply

    I think its funny he says he's "drained" & "worn out" after completing 3 films in 2 years when you have an actor like Danny Trejo who has 18 films slated for 2013 and worked on 11 films, 2 TV series & one video game in 2012.

    Granted Danny's movies are smaller roles, smaller budgets, ect, but it's still amusing to see an 'A-Lister' succumb to exhaustion after three films while a real 'working' actor just keeps trudging along.

  • KYLE | January 20, 2013 11:08 AM

    @P-DUB I absolutely concede he's very hands on with his films but unless he's directing them, writing them, casting them, editing them, creating visual effects, doing the clothing, the makeup, the lighting, marketing them & catering them, he's not doing everything.

    Besides, he's worn out, really, you'd think he had time to unwind last year, when he was vacationing in Hawaii w/ Heatherton or relaxing in Miami w/ his mom after a separate trip to Cancun w/ Naomi Campbell, Kate Hudson, and Matthew Bellamy. There was also with a quick jaunt to Austin for a who's-who party.

    Or how about in 2011, you'd think he could have relaxed in Italy with Gerald Butler or the trip he took to Carmel California w/ Lively or the vacation he Blake took to the island of Zakynthos.

    Now don't get me wrong, in my quick online searches I also found charity things he was doing on his down time as well so I know he's not vacationing all the time he's not acting but my point is, it's rather odd for someone who vacations as much as he apparently does, to claim he's worn out after three films. Even if he was as hands on as the things I mentioned above he still appears (to the average person anyway) to have had had ample opportunities to unwind.

  • P-DUB | January 19, 2013 1:50 PM

    None of those films are nearly of the same scope of work that DiCaprio has to put into every film. Leo is very often involved in the development stages of a lot of the films he works on and begins prep very early. This involves extensive research, preparation, and consultations with the various directors. Then he does MUCH MUCH deeper character work and development than Danny Trejo has ever done. He is also usually the star, which requires him to be there for most days of shooting. And he tends to pick dark material that can be very emotionally draining to do throughout a shoot. And then on top of that, he has to do international press tours to support and open the films throughout the world. Almost every single one of those 18 jobs Danny Trejo is involved in requires none of this. He's generally playing the same character he plays in every project he's ever done and most of those only involve several days of shooting (at most). It's not a fair comparison at all.

  • Alberto | January 19, 2013 12:43 PMReply

    Hopefully, in this long break Scorsese would make as many movies as he can; although a good actor, DiCaprio doesn't has the personality for being the lead in most of his films.

  • mark | January 20, 2013 11:13 AM

    you say it as if Scorsese has no say in making his films?! LOL

  • oogle monster | January 19, 2013 12:42 PMReply

    Can he take a long, long break after he wraps production on The Devil In the White City? I have been waiting AGES for this film to go into production and I want to see some DiCatchaHoe in the next 3-4 years... in the form of of H.H. Holmes!

  • RNL | January 19, 2013 12:38 PMReply

    "I will fly around the world doing good for the environment" LMAO Will he be wearing a cape? Excelsior!

  • James | January 19, 2013 4:22 PM

    I guess he thinks he is Captain Planet!!

  • Raphael | January 19, 2013 12:09 PMReply

    I think he's really taking a break from acting because he keeps getting snubbed at the Oscars and hasn't won the awards he deserves.

  • Jim | January 19, 2013 3:00 PM

    So, he only makes movies in the hope that he will get an Academy Award?

  • Heh | January 19, 2013 12:02 PMReply

    Some horrible environmental puns in that last paragraph, guys.

  • caro | January 19, 2013 11:52 AMReply

    he 's an activist for the protection of Victoria Secret models

  • RC | January 21, 2013 12:37 AM

    well played.

  • coke | January 19, 2013 12:55 PM

    hahahahaha good one.

  • maicol | January 19, 2013 12:41 PM


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