Leonardo DiCaprio Never Took Acting Classes Until He Starred in ‘The Aviator’ — ‘I Needed To Brush Up on My Technique’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio is among the most completed actors within the film business. With an Academy Award and several other different accolades to his title, his appearing talent is simple at this level. 

As expert as he’s, DiCaprio by no means took appearing lessons till he signed on to develop The Aviator in 2004. Believe it or not, the primary 10 years of his profession have been spent working off of his expertise alone. 

Leonardo DiCaprio determined to take appearing lessons whereas producing ‘The Aviator’

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Leonardo DiCaprio | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

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Prior to starring in The Aviator, DiCaprio had by no means taken any actual appearing lessons. However, he had signed on as a producer for the movie, so he felt he had extra duty to make the film nice. He detailed the expertise throughout a resurfaced 2014 interview with Variety.

“I by no means went to a proper appearing [class]—it was solely till, actually, The Aviator, that I began working with Larry Moss, who—you understand, it was the primary movie I had ever produced, that I had considered, it was kind of my idea …,” DiCaprio stated. 

Leonardo DiCaprio says appearing coach Larry Moss was his ‘life coach’

The Aviator was an amazing enterprise for DiCaprio. He needed to make sure he delivered a peak efficiency, so he linked with Larry Moss, an appearing coach who ended up turning into much more for DiCaprio.

“I felt like I needed to brush up on my technique, so that’s when I really started doing formal training, and he was—it was an amazing experience with him. … It was more than learning how to be a better actor, he was a life coach,” DiCaprio stated.

Larry Moss challenged Leonardo DiCaprio

Moss performed an essential position in enhancing DiCaprio’s talent as an actor. DiCaprio recalled first connecting wit Moss to higher put together for his position as Howard Hughes.

“The first day, he was like, ‘Alright, you want to go over this stuff?’” DiCaprio stated. “I’m like, ‘Yeah, yeah, let’s do it.’ He’s like ‘Okay, you’re Howard Hughes, you’re in your plane. This is your cocoon, this is your sanctuary, show me how you fly a plane.”

Apparently, DiCaprio wasn’t too pressed to really get within the aircraft and apply that day, hoping to work on one thing else.

“He’s like, ‘Come on,’ … basically, ‘Sit in that chair and do it for me right now.” I’m like, ‘Well, I haven’t fairly ready…’” DiCaprio stated.

Unfortunately, DiCaprio’s cavalier perspective towards preparation set Moss off. The intense appearing coach cursed DiCaprio out and demanded he began taking issues extra significantly. 

“He’s like, ‘Don’t you pull that s— with me!’ He’s like, ‘You get in the god—- cockpit right now, and you show me who the hell Howard Hughes is! You do it for me right now!’ …”

Larry Moss helped Leonardo DiCaprio enhance his efficiency on display screen

Even although Moss’ strategy was initially jarring for DiCaprio, it paid large dividends for the actor. Moss’ assertive perspective was precisely what DiCaprio wanted to decide to his coaching.

“I’m like, ‘Ok, ok! S—! Ahhh!!!!’” DiCaprio stated. “And from there, we started working on breaking down this script in a way that I never had before.” 

Even although DiCaprio had already been nominated for an Oscar previous to coaching, he felt it was essential to proceed enhancing his craft. 

“I think everyone can always, you know, brush up on their technique. … What we do is—takes a lot of research … I mean, if you really want to inhabit a role, it takes a lot of work and training, and I think it’s incredibly important to constantly, no matter what—[no matter] how successful you are, it’s incredibly important.”

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