“It’s hard for me to quite articulate or put into words everything that I’ve learned from him,” said DiCaprio. “These key moments, they’re hard to even reflect on because you sort of have to take a breather and look back and realize how much you’ve actually learned. I’ve grown tremendously as an actor just to be in those moments with him, where he’s giving me the right guidance.”
DiCaprio believes that that guidance has culminated in "The Wolf of Wall Street," a film that needed a high level of trust between its director and actors in order to achieve what it was going for. (For anyone unfamiliar with the film’s contents, it features the type of sex and drug use usually relegated to soft-core pornos.) Without it, the film would have crumbled. Instead, Scorsese created something cohesive––which is one of the reasons DiCaprio, along with countless other actors, love working with him. He creates a singular, overarching vision, one that may have reached its apex on 'Wolf.'
“I have never seen a group of actors work together so beautifully,” Schoonmaker said. “They all loved doing their parts, and they all worked together as a unit, and they were all willing to take on these slightly dubious roles and make the most of them.”
For DiCaprio, being able to contribute to Scorsese’s vision for the last 12 years has been a dream come true for him, particularly since he grew up with a generation of actors who worshipped films like "Taxi Driver" and "Mean Streets." While the two aren’t currently scheduled to make a new film, just give it time: one will likely come along sooner or later. After all, DiCaprio is still 39 years old. He has a long career ahead of him, particularly if he continues to treat it like he’s just arrived.
“I always feel like a kid in this industry,” DiCaprio said. “I always feel like, OK I got my foot in the door, now I am going to run with this opportunity and do everything I possibly can to make as many movies that I feel like aren’t getting made or try to develop roles that are a little outside the studio system.”