What it’s really like to work with Leonardo DiCaprio

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  • 'He put me through the hoops in a really good way'

    Leonardo DiCaprio does not play around when it comes to choosing projects.

    ‘Leo is never easy about deciding to do anything,’ Baz Luhrmann, who directed the Oscar-winner in 1996’s Romeo + Juliet and 2013’s The Great Gatsby, recently told Elvis Duran on iHeart Radio.

    ‘He doesn’t make those decisions lightly, and he put me through

    the hoops in a really good way,’ he said of casting DiCaprio in the

    role. ‘It really was about working with Leonardo again and we were

    always trying to think of something to do and I had to wear him down.’

    Recalling how difficult the ‘decision making process’ was for DiCaprio on Romeo + Juliet,

    the director said, ‘It was worse! It took longer! But honestly, I

    admire him for that because the thing about Leonardo, I mean he’s a

    friend, our families are friends, is that he looks for joy in life, but

    when it comes to two things, acting and the environment, he just doesn’t

    take it lightly.’

    While DiCaprio might take his time to pick a new role, Luhrmann said he

    knew right away the young actor was the perfect choice for his Romeo. ‘When I saw Leonardo, and then I thought, god that’s how he should look

    but can he act?’ he explained. ‘Then I found out he was the pre-eminent

    young actor.’

    Just when Luhrmann thought his luck couldn’t get any better,

    DiCaprio made a surprise visit to the director’s native Australia for a

    very special impromptu audition.

    ‘He came down to Australia for nothing and he brought all these

    friends and we made a whole video of the show with other actors,’

    Luhrmann remembered. ‘I won’t say who, it will never be seen, I realised

    that I couldn’t make it without him.’

    From the editors of People

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