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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Quentin Tarantino to focus on family after stepping away from directing

Quentin Tarantino’s decision to walk away from directing after one more film is centred around his upcoming role as a dad.The father-to-be has often talked of retiring from moviemaking after making 10 films, and as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is his …

Quentin Tarantino’s decision to walk away from directing after one more film is centred around his upcoming role as a dad.

The father-to-be has often talked of retiring from moviemaking after making 10 films, and as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is his ninth, he recently admitted this part of his career is winding down.

Confirming his decision on ABC News website Popcorn, Tarantino confessed his changing family dynamic made it easy to consider a new direction.

“I kind of feel this is the time for the third act (of my life) to just lean a little bit more into the literary, which would be good as a new father, as a new husband,” he said, revealing he plans to write more. “I wouldn’t be grabbing my family and yanking them to Germany or Sri Lanka or wherever the next story takes place. I can be a little bit more of a homebody and become a little bit more of a man of letters.”

The director’s wife, singer Daniella Pick, is pregnant with the couple’s first child. They announced the news back in August.

Tarantino also feels it is time to step aside and let younger filmmakers shine.

“I guess I do feel that directing is a young man’s game,” the 56-year-old added. “I do feel that cinema is changing and I’m a little bit part of the old guard.”

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Quentin Tarantino unlikely to direct Star Trek film

Quentin Tarantino has indicated he will not direct a planned new Star Trek film.Back in December 2017, it was revealed that the Oscar winner had pitched an idea to producer J.J. Abrams, and the two began to develop an original storyline for the sci-fi …

Quentin Tarantino has indicated he will not direct a planned new Star Trek film.

Back in December 2017, it was revealed that the Oscar winner had pitched an idea to producer J.J. Abrams, and the two began to develop an original storyline for the sci-fi movie.

Mark L. Smith, who co-wrote epic drama The Revenant, was tasked with penning the Star Trek screenplay while Tarantino made Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with the filmmaker looking to return to the movie once he had wrapped on the blockbuster.

However, the 56-year-old has now indicated that he will not be involved with the Star Trek film – though still hopes Paramount studio bosses will make it in the future.

“I think they might make that movie, but I just don’t think I’m going to direct it,” he told Deadline. “It’s a good idea. They should definitely do it and I’ll be happy to come in and give them some notes on the first rough cut.”

Tarantino had suggested last year that he would retire after making his 10th movie, which will be his next project.

Back in 2009, Abrams directed the hugely successful Star Trek reboot, featuring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana, which raked in more than $385 million (£296 million) worldwide.

He also helmed the sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, four years later, which made more than $467 million (£359 million) globally.

Fast & Furious director Justin Lin was hired for the third instalment, Star Trek Beyond, in 2016, which was the lowest-grossing movie in the series, making $343 million (£263 million).

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Joker leads 2020 Oscar nominations

Joker has led the nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards with a total of 11 nods.The box office hit, which focuses on the origin story of the DC Comics villain, landed nominations on Tuesday for categories including Best Picture, Best Actor for…

Joker has led the nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards with a total of 11 nods.

The box office hit, which focuses on the origin story of the DC Comics villain, landed nominations on Tuesday for categories including Best Picture, Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, Best Director for Todd Phillips, and Best Adapted Screenplay, plus a host of technical categories such as Best Cinematography.

The Irishman, 1917, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood each follows with 10 nods, and will face-off against Ford v Ferrari/Le Mans ’66, Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, Marriage Story, and Parasite for Best Picture.

Leonardo DiCaprio scored a Best Actor nomination for his performance in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with co-star Brad Pitt recognised in the Best Supporting Actor list and director Quentin Tarantino honoured with a Best Director nod.

The Irishman stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci each landed a Best Supporting Actor nomination, with Martin Scorsese also appearing in the Best Director category.

Elsewhere, Harriet’s Cynthia Erivo, Marriage Story’s Scarlett Johansson, Little Women’s Saoirse Ronan, Bombshell’s Charlize Theron, and Judy’s Renee Zellweger make up the Best Actress category.

Despite being tipped for Oscar success, Jennifer Lopez missed out on a nod in the Best Supporting Actress list for her acclaimed performance as stripper Ramona in Hustlers.

Instead, Richard Jewell’s Kathy Bates, Marriage Story’s Laura Dern, Jojo Rabbit’s Johansson, Little Women’s Florence Pugh, and Bombshell’s Margot Robbie will be competing for the prize.

Tom Hanks landed his first Oscar nod in almost 20 years in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role as children’s TV favourite Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, with The Two Popes’ Anthony Hopkins completing the category.

The 92nd Academy Awards will take place on 9 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Best Picture:

1917

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Ford v Ferrari

Best Director:

Bong Joon Ho – Parasite

Sam Mendes – 1917

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman

Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Todd Phillips – Joker

Leading Actress:

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan – Little Women

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Leading Actor:

Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Supporting Actress:

Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh – Little Women

Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Supporting Actor:

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adapted Screenplay:

The Irishman – Steven Zaillian

Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi

Joker – Todd Phillips and Scott Silver

Little Women – Greta Gerwig

The Two Popes – Anthony McCarten

Original Screenplay:

Knives Out – Rian Johnson

Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino

Parasite – Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won

1917 – Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns

International Feature:

Corpus Christi

Les Miserables

Pain and Glory

Parasite

Honeyland

Documentary Feature:

American Factory

The Cave

For Sama

Honeyland

The Edge of Democracy

Animated Feature:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body

Missing Link

Klaus

Toy Story 4

Original Score:

1917 – Thomas Newman

Joker – Hildur Gudnadottir

Little Women – Alexandre Desplat

Marriage Story – Randy Newman

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – John Williams

Original Song:

I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away – Toy Story 4

I’m Standing With You – Breakthrough

(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Rocketman

Into the Unknown – Frozen 2

Stand Up – Harriet

Cinematography:

1917 – Roger Deakins

The Irishman – Rodrigo Prieto

Joker – Lawrence Sher

The Lighthouse – Jarin Blaschke

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Robert Richardson

Film Editing:

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Parasite

Production Design:

1917

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Costume Design:

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Makeup and Hairstyling

Bombshell

Joker

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Judy

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Sound Editing:

1917

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Sound Mixing:

Ad Astra

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Visual Effects:

1917

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman

The Lion King

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Animated Short:

Dcera (Daughter)

Hair Love

Kitbull

Memorable

Sister

Documentary short:

In the Absence

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

Life Overtakes Me

St. Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha

Live Action Short:

Saria

A Sister

Brotherhood

Nefta Football Club

The Neighbors’ Window

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood lands Best Picture at Critics’ Choice Awards

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was the top pick at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday when it was crowned Best Picture.The star-studded movie also won the filmmaker Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt a…

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was the top pick at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday when it was crowned Best Picture.

The star-studded movie also won the filmmaker Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt at the Santa Monica, California ceremony, held on the eve of the Oscar nominations announcement.

Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger continued to add to their trophy cabinets, picking up Best Actor for Joker and Best Actress for Judy, respectively, and Marriage Story’s Laura Dern walked away with the Best Supporting Actress honour.

Best Director was a tie between Sam Mendes for 1917 and Bong Joon-ho for Parasite, and Greta Gerwig took home Best Adapted Screenplay for Little Women.

Meanwhile, in the TV categories, Fleabag was a triple winner, taking Best Comedy Series, Best Actress in a Comedy Series for creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Andrew Scott, and there were double prizes for Watchmen, When They See Us, and Succession.

The full list of winners at the 25th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, voted for by the members of the Critics Choice Organization, is:

Best Picture:

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Actor:

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Best Actress:

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Best Supporting Actor:

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress:

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Best Young Actor/Actress:

Roman Griffin Davis – Jojo Rabbit

Best Acting Ensemble:

The Irishman

Best Director:

Bong Joon-ho – Parasite & Sam Mendes – 1917 (tie)

Best Original Screenplay:

Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Greta Gerwig – Little Women

Best Cinematography:

Roger Deakins – 1917

Best Production Design:

Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Editing:

Lee Smith – 1917

Best Costume Design:

Ruth E. Carter – Dolemite Is My Name

Best Hair & Makeup:

Bombshell

Best Visual Effects:

Avengers: Endgame

Best Animated Feature:

Toy Story 4

Best Action Movie:

Avengers: Endgame

Best Comedy:

Dolemite Is My Name

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie:

Us

Best Foreign Language Film:

Parasite

Best Song:

Glasgow (No Place Like Home) – Wild Rose & (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Rocketman (tie)

Best Score:

Hildur Guonadottir – Joker

Best Drama Series:

Succession

Best Actor in a Drama Series:

Jeremy Strong – Succession

Best Actress in a Drama Series:

Regina King – Watchmen

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

Billy Crudup – The Morning Show

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

Jean Smart – Watchmen

Best Comedy Series:

Fleabag

Best Actor in a Comedy Series:

Bill Hader – Barry

Best Actress in a Comedy Series:

Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

Andrew Scott – Fleabag

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Limited Series:

When They See Us

Best Movie Made for Television:

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television:

Jharrel Jerome – When They See Us

Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television:

Michelle Williams – Fosse/Verdon

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television:

Stellan Skarsgard – Chernobyl

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television:

Toni Collette – Unbelievable

Best Animated Series:

BoJack Horseman

Best Talk Show:

The Late Late Show with James Corden & Late Night with Seth Meyers (tie)

Best Comedy Special:

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons

#SeeHer Award:

Kristen Bell

Lifetime Achievement:

Eddie Murphy

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Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino land Directors Guild nominations

Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino have been nominated for the top honour at the 2020 Directors Guild of America (DGA) awards. The veteran filmmaker has received a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for 20…

Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino have been nominated for the top honour at the 2020 Directors Guild of America (DGA) awards.

The veteran filmmaker has received a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for 2019 for his gangster epic The Irishman and faces competition from Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Bong Joon-Ho for South Korean thriller Parasite, Sam Mendes for one-take war movie 1917, and Taika Waititi for Jojo Rabbit.

Four of the nominees were also nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs, while Joker filmmaker Todd Phillips, who received recognition from BAFTA and the Globes, is surprisingly absent from the shortlist and has been replaced by Waititi. Mendes took home the directing prize at the Globes on Sunday.

The five DGA nominees don’t always line up with the five Oscar nominees for Best Director, but the last six winners of the main DGA prize – most recently, Roma’s Alfonso Cuaron and The Shape of Water’s Guillermo del Toro – have gone on to win the Academy Award.

During the DGA ceremony, which takes place on 25 January, a first-time film director will also receive an award. The nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for 2019 include Mati Diop, who became the first black woman to direct a film featured In Competition at the Cannes Film Festival last year with Atlantics, Alma Har’el for Shia LaBeouf’s biopic Honey Boy, Melina Matsoukas for Queen & Slim, Joe Talbot for The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz for The Peanut Butter Falcon.

On Tuesday, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) also announced their nominations. The Irishman, 1917, Parasite, Jojo Rabbit, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood are all up for The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, alongside Ford v Ferrari, Joker, Knives Out, Little Women, and Marriage Story.

The winner will be announced on 18 January.

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BAFTA officials ‘disappointed’ by lack of diversity in nominations

BAFTA officials have admitted they are “disappointed” by the lack of diversity in the nominations for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards. The nominations for the 2020 ceremony were unveiled on Tuesday morning, revealing that Todd Phillips’s Joker ca…

BAFTA officials have admitted they are “disappointed” by the lack of diversity in the nominations for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards.

The nominations for the 2020 ceremony were unveiled on Tuesday morning, revealing that Todd Phillips’s Joker came top with 11 nods, closely followed by Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic The Irishman with 10.

Social media users swiftly went online to express their outrage at the all-white acting nominees, with them using the hashtag #BAFTASSoWhite. They blasted BAFTA voters for snubbing the likes of Awkwafina, Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, and Cynthia Erivo and opting to give Margot Robbie and Scarlett Johansson two nods each.

BAFTA executives have now admitted they are also disappointed about the all-white shortlist.

“Being totally honest, we are disappointed and that is not to take anything away from the people who have been nominated,” said BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry, according to Press Association. She added that although no female filmmaker made the Best Director shortlist, they were recognised across other categories and this “gives me joy and hope”.

“But we are going to do more, we are not going to stop pushing,” she insisted.

While Marc Samuelson, chairman of BAFTA’s film committee, commented: “Clearly everybody knows that everybody in the four acting groups of nominees are white, it’s infuriating, we can’t make the industry do something, all we can do is encourage and push and inspire and try to help people coming in at the bottom end.”

Samuelson also noted that diversity is improving in other ways, as the percentage of female nominees has risen. However, he did concede, “It doesn’t take anything away from the issue in the acting categories but, nonetheless, it’s something and things are moving.”

The 2020 British Academy Film Awards will be hosted by Graham Norton at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 2 February.

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1917 and Once Upon A Time in Hollywood win big at Golden Globes

Sam Mendes’ war movie 1917 and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood took home the big prizes at the Golden Globes on Sunday.1917 was crowned Best Motion Picture – Drama, upsetting Martin Scorsese’s awards season favourite The Irishman, whi…

Sam Mendes’ war movie 1917 and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood took home the big prizes at the Golden Globes on Sunday.

1917 was crowned Best Motion Picture – Drama, upsetting Martin Scorsese’s awards season favourite The Irishman, while Mendes surprised himself as he beat his peers to take home the Best Director honour.

Tarantino had a trio of wins to celebrate – he landed the awards for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Screenplay, while one of his movie’s stars, Brad Pitt, took home the Best Supporting Actor prize.

Joker’s Joaquin Phoenix and Judy’s Renee Zellweger were given Oscars boosts as they claimed the lead acting honours for drama, as Marriage Story’s Laura Dern, Rocketman’s Taron Egerton, and The Farewell’s Awkwafina were also feted for their big screen work.

Meanwhile, Brits dominated the TV prizes as Fleabag emerged a double winner, with creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge picking up Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and there were triumphs for Succession’s Brian Cox as well as Olivia Colman, who was honoured for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in season three of The Crown, while Russell Crowe and Michelle Williams emerged victorious in the limited series or TV film acting categories for The Loudest Voice and Fosse/Verdon, respectively.

The 77th Golden Globe Awards were hosted by acid-tongued Ricky Gervais, who spent the evening poking fun at Hollywood’s elite from the stage at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

The evening wasn’t all about celebrating, with many winners using their acceptance speeches to raise equality and women’s rights issues, and to share their support for those affected by the devastating bushfires in Australia.

The full list of winners is:

Best Motion Picture – Drama:

1917

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

Taron Egerton – Rocketman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

Awkwafina – The Farewell

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture:

Brad Pitt – Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture:

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Best Director:

Sam Mendes – 1917

Best Screenplay:

Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Motion Picture – Animated:

Missing Link

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language:

Parasite

Best Original Score:

Hildur Gudnadottir – Joker

Best Original Song:

(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again, written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin – Rocketman

Best Television Series – Drama:

Succession

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama:

Brian Cox – Succession

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama:

Olivia Colman – The Crown

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy:

Fleabag

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:

Ramy Youssef – Ramy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:

Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Chernobyl

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Michelle Williams – Fosse/Verdon

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Stellan Skarsgard – Chernobyl

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Patricia Arquette – The Act

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Leonardo DiCaprio had ‘strangely comfortable’ relationship with Brad Pitt on new movie

Leonardo DiCaprio had a “strangely comfortable” relationship with Brad Pitt while making Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The Oscar-winning actor plays failed movie star Rick Dalton in Quentin Tarantino’s 1960s epic drama, opposite Pitt as his best fr…

Leonardo DiCaprio had a “strangely comfortable” relationship with Brad Pitt while making Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The Oscar-winning actor plays failed movie star Rick Dalton in Quentin Tarantino’s 1960s epic drama, opposite Pitt as his best friend and stuntman Cliff Booth.

In an interview with Deadline, DiCaprio opened up about his professional relationship with the Fight Club actor, and shared that he and the 56-year-old clicked instantly on the set of the star-studded film.

“What was very interesting about working with Brad was this strange inherent comfort and ease that we really both clicked into day one,” he said. “It didn’t need a lot of prep work. We talked about the script, and we instinctively knew that dynamic and relationship, and who these guys were to one another.”

Calling Pitt “an incredible professional”, he admitted that the duo also enjoyed flexing their acting muscles by improvising a lot of lines while filming.

“Brad and I did a lot of improvising in the movie, but our relationship clicked right off the bat,” DiCaprio explained, adding that director Tarantino had refused to let them ad-lib certain scenes.

“When there is a scene that he has in his head, you hold it as a modern-day type of Shakespeare dialogue,” he shared. “If there’s a scene that is in his head that is written a specific way, you say those lines as they’re written.”

Elsewhere in the interview, DiCaprio said he feels Martin Scorsese is saying farewell to the gangster drama genre with his epic movie, The Irishman.

“When I first heard about it, I was like, please f**king make this movie. This has all of the guys I want to see in one epic master orchestra led by Marty,” he said, noting that the three-and-a-half hour-long film was a “completely new mind-blowing experience.”

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Quentin Tarantino gets ‘many letters’ from stars wanting to be in his movies

Quentin Tarantino has insisted the best way to land a role in one of his movies is to write him a letter.The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director lives off the grid and doesn’t even own a phone, but he recently told the New York Post’s gossip column …

Quentin Tarantino has insisted the best way to land a role in one of his movies is to write him a letter.

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director lives off the grid and doesn’t even own a phone, but he recently told the New York Post’s gossip column Page Six he gets “many letters” from actors wanting to appear in his flicks.

“I have no cell and I’m hard to get hold of,” he explained, revealing Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, and Lena Dunham, who all appear in his most recent movie, were among those who penned notes requesting roles in his projects.

“Margot knocked me on my keester (butt). I’ve watched her for years, I like Australians, and she was the only choice to play Sharon Tate,” the 56-year-old said. “She’s my Holy Grail. So, we talked. Then, ‘Want to do it? Don’t do anything meanwhile. You got it.’

“Producers offered her everything. She turned them all down so she’d be available for me. That loyalty and spirit is invaluable.”

However, Tarantino shared that stars including Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt didn’t need to request their roles in his 2019 hit. And he named Roman Polanski as one person who has never written to him.

“I don’t think he’s even seen the movie,” he said of his latest film, in which Polanski was played by Polish star Rafal Zawierucha.

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