A Singapore publication has a nice interview with my personal favorite, Leonardo DiCaprio. Some excerpts:
Pope or President?
Yet, despite his undisputable star status, he came across as just a regular guy, answering all questions politely and thoroughly – even irreverent ones that were not related to the movie, such as the one from a European journalist, who asked: ‘What would you choose to be – a pope or president of the United States – for three months?’
DiCaprio replied: ‘I’d love to be the President and shift the US to be a more environmentally-friendly country. I’d just come in for one day, implement some laws and be out!’
Regarding Blood Diamond
He said: ‘It is very rare to do a film that’s entertaining and the added benefit of this is that it does have a political message.
‘It is a good movie and it is able to convey a message without the audience feeling they are being preached to, and I really felt this script accomplished that.
‘I didn’t personally go out seeking films with a social and political message and just do it for the sake of doing it. It has to have entertainment value.’
On today’s diamond industry, DiCaprio had this message for all jewellery buyers: ‘Corporations have the responsibility not to go into war zones to take advantage of situations.
‘You have to go into the stores where you buy these diamonds and ask for a certificate. Ask for some authentication that this isn’t a conflict diamond. That’s one of the biggest ways this process can be stopped.’
Fat Hollywood Jerks
He doesn’t keep a private jet or snap up gigantic mansions in Beverly Hills and he zips around LA in a hybrid, fuel-efficient Toyota Prius.
He said: ‘The last thing I want to turn into is a fat Hollywood jerk. I was brought up without much money and I was happy. I don’t think that I will strive for money or success and end up greedy or big-headed. That only leads to unhappiness.’