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Preview, Leonardo on Oprah

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Leonardo DiCaprio on Oprah, December 4, 2006We’ve got a preview of today’s Oprah with the cast of Blood Diamond, including our favorite, Leonardo DiCaprio. We’ll create a new post this afternoon as we live-blog the show at 4:00 pm ET.

Even before its release, Leonardo’s other acclaimed movie from 2006, Blood Diamond, is grabbing headlines around the world. Set in the West African country Sierra Leone in 1999—at the height of the country’s bloody civil war—the movie brings the controversies of the diamond trade to the silver screen.

Leonardo says even though Blood Diamond is about a different topic, it relates to his personal beliefs about the environment. “It was very symbolic of what we do as consumers,” he says. “When we buy something, it is a vote. We’re in essence endorsing that product or that company or that corporation and how they do business.”

Blood Diamond isn’t just about politics, though, Leonardo says. It’s also a dramatic story with well-developed characters. “It has to work dramatically,” he says. “And here you have two different men from polar opposite places in their lives—both African men.”

Looks like Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars will also be on the show. Here’s a video from their YouTube. They’ve got a documentary out as well, Refugee All Stars.

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