We’ve got a preview of today’s Oprah with the cast of Blood Diamond, including our favorite, Leonardo DiCaprio.Â We’ll create a new post this afternoonÂ 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 1999â€”at the height of the country’s bloody civil warâ€”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 livesâ€”both African men.”