Leonardo DiCaprio covers the February-March 2012 issue of GQ Australia.
The 37-year-old actor sat down with GQ and his J. Edgar director Clint Eastwood for an intimate discussion where Leo admitted he may have his eye on directing!
“Yeah. I do [want to direct]. And if I did direct, I would try to have the same no-bullsh*t approach to it as Clint [Eastwood] and his crew have. Seriously, there are no frills on his set. It’s a small, tight-knit crew,” Leo told GQ interviewer Mark Harris.
Highlights from Leonardo’s interview are as follows. For more, be sure to check out GQ Australia!
On the roles he would’ve played if he was a leading man at another time:
“For my generation, it’s always the 70s. That period where you felt like the hands were being dealt back in the director’s favor. The studios realized that letting them tell their stories was something the audience had a hunger for. And of course, it all went awry. Taxi Driver to me is the ultimate independent movie performance. Playing a character like Travis Bickle is every young actor’s wet dream.”
On the growing level of paranoia:
“What is that incredible statistic – that a young kid in Africa with a cell phone has access to more information that the President did in the 60s? And with the onset of things like WikiLeaks – which can be very beneficial in some respects, to unveil a lot of the secrecy of conspiratorial activities – the level of paranoia is going to reach an all-time high.”
On whether he wants to direct:
“Yeah, I do. And if I did direct, I would try to have the same no bulls**t approach to it as he [Clint Eastwood] and his crew have. Seriously there are no frills on his set. It’s a small tightknit crew.”