|DiCaprio landed his first major feature film part when director Michael Caton-Jones cast him in the coveted role of Tobias Wolff in his big screen adaptation of Wolffs autobiographical drama This Boys Life. Starring opposite Robert De Niro and Ellen Barkin, DiCaprio earned praise for his compelling performance as a boy who must endure his stepfathers abuse. |
DiCaprios award-winning turn in Whats Eating Gilbert Grape came next, followed by starring roles in three very diverse films, all released in 1995: Sam Raimis Western The Quick and the Dead, with Sharon Stone and Gene Hackman; Jim Carrolls harrowing autobiographical story of drug addition, The Basketball Diaries; and Agnieszka Hollands film version of the Christopher Hampton play Total Eclipse.
The following year, DiCaprio again appeared in multiple features, first starring as Romeo, opposite Claire Danes as Juliet, in Baz Luhrmanns updated screen adaptation of William Shakespeares Romeo + Juliet. He then joined an all-star ensemble cast, including Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro, in Marvins Room.
In 1997, DiCaprio starred in Titanic, James Camerons blockbuster about the ill-fated maiden voyage of the doomed ship, which went on to shatter every box office record and win the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Picture. His subsequent film credits include Woody Allens Celebrity, The Beach and dual roles in The Man in the Iron Mask.
In addition to Catch Me If You Can, DiCaprio also stars this holiday season in Martin Scorseses period crime drama Gangs of New York, with Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis and Liam Neeson.
Release: 31 Jan 2003
Running Time: 140 mins