Leonardo DiCaprio was ‘incredibly starstruck’ by Once Upon a Time in Hollywood co-star Luke Perry

Leonardo DiCaprio was “incredibly starstruck” by the late Luke Perry while working with him on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The Riverdale actor tragically passed away at the age of 52 in March last year following a massive stroke, and his final acting…

Leonardo DiCaprio was “incredibly starstruck” by the late Luke Perry while working with him on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The Riverdale actor tragically passed away at the age of 52 in March last year following a massive stroke, and his final acting performance was as real-life TV star Wayne Maunder in Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-nominated drama, which follows DiCaprio as failed actor Rick Dalton.

In one scene, Maunder appears alongside Dalton as the duo film the pilot of real-life TV series Lancer, and DiCaprio confessed he was starstruck working with the former Beverly Hills, 90210 star.

“He was so incredibly kind,” he told Variety on the red carpet at the 2020 Screen Guild Awards (SAG) Awards. “I was incredibly starstruck when he walked into the room. He was so iconic (when I was) in school and junior high, he was the modern-day James Dean to all of us.”

DiCaprio was in awe when he first spotted Perry on set and had to compose himself.

“I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m getting to work with this guy who all of my friends thought was the coolest dude in the world’,” he laughed. “But, beyond that, he was such a wonderfully kind and soulful man, and it’s a tragic loss.”

The 45-year-old was nominated in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture category at the SAGs on Sunday, but was beaten by Joaquin Phoenix for Joker.

During his speech, Phoenix joked that he had lost out on roles to DiCaprio when they were both child actors, but the Titanic star confessed to Variety that he once imitated one of Phoenix’s performances to help him secure a role on a TV show when he was younger.

“I remember one job that I did get, where I imitated Mr. Joaquin Phoenix from Parenthood the movie, and I did the TV show,” DiCaprio laughed.

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Al Pacino joins Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Al Pacino has been added to the all-star cast of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The Pulp Fiction director is quickly pulling together an ensemble cast for his new project, which will follow the story of TV star Rick Da…

Al Pacino has been added to the all-star cast of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The Pulp Fiction director is quickly pulling together an ensemble cast for his new project, which will follow the story of TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), who are trying to make names for themselves in the film industry at the time of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles in 1969.

On Thursday (07Jun18), Variety reported that Pacino is joining the film too and is set to take on the role of Dalton’s agent, Marvin Shwarz. No other details about his character have been announced but the film will mark the first time he has worked with Tarantino.

The Hollywood veteran, known for his performances in The Godfather and Scent of a Woman, recently wrapped production on Martin Scorsese’s mob drama The Irishman, which also stars Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.

Pacino’s casting news comes shortly after a string of high-profile names were attached to star in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Also joining the cast is Margot Robbie as murdered actress Sharon Tate, Burt Reynolds as ranch owner George Spahn, Damian Lewis as iconic actor Steve McQueen and Dakota Fanning in the part of Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme, the Manson Family devotee who tried to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975.

Emile Hirsch has been cast as Jay Sebring, the hairstylist who was another victim of what became known as the Tate murders, and Luke Perry is set to portray Scott Lancer.

Nicholas Hammond has been cast as director Sam Wanamaker and Tarantino regulars Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Keith Jefferson have landed supporting roles, while Timothy Olyphant and Kurt Russell are also set to appear.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is slated for release in August 2019.

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Damian Lewis and Dakota Fanning join Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Luke Perry and Emile Hirsch and have been cast in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The foursome will feature alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Burt Reynolds in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, which is set in Los Angel…

Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Luke Perry and Emile Hirsch and have been cast in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The foursome will feature alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Burt Reynolds in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, which is set in Los Angeles around the time of Sharon Tate’s murder in the late 1960s.

Margot Robbie is reportedly on board to play the pregnant actress, who was killed by followers of cult leader Charles Manson, while Tarantino regulars Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Keith Jefferson have landed supporting roles.

According to Deadline, British star Lewis will play iconic actor Steve McQueen, while Fanning will portray Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme, the Manson Family devotee who tried to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975.

Hirsch has been cast as Jay Sebring, the hairstylist who was another victim of what became known as the Tate murders, and Perry is set to portray Scott Lancer. Nicholas Hammond has been cast as director Sam Wanamaker.

Previously, it was announced that DiCaprio will portray washed-up TV star Rick Dalton, who coincidentally lives next door to Tate, while Pitt will portray his stunt double, Cliff Booth. Timothy Olyphant and Kurt Russell are rumoured to have supporting roles.

While DiCaprio has remained tight-lipped about the movie’s plot, during an appearance at Sony’s CinemaCon 2018 held in Las Vegas in April (18) he shared that he was “incredibly excited” to collaborate with Tarantino again, having worked with the director on 2012’s Django Unchained.

“I think he’s going to transport us. I’m a huge fan of Singin’ in the Rain – movies about Hollywood. As an L.A. native, having read the script, it’s one of the most amazing screenplays. We are going to do our best job to make it fantastic,” he shared.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is slated for release in August 2019.

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