Leonardo DiCaprio is a popular American actor and film producer who started his career with television commercials and shows such as ‘Roseanne’. His heart-breaking portrayal of the doomed artist Jack Dawson in the movie ‘Titanic’ was DiCaprio’s first claim to fame despite good performances in his earlier movies. He has starred in a number of movies directed by the following A-list directors of Hollywood.
James Cameron was born in Ontario, Canada in 1954 and moved to U.S. later in 1971. Cameron was the scriptwriter behind the famous movies of the 80s such as ‘Rambo’, ‘The Terminator’ and also directed and produced movies like ‘True Lies’ and the most recent ‘Avatar’ in 2009. His movies have always set new standards in visual effects, be it ‘Titanic’ or ‘Avatar’. The shooting of a deep-sea science fiction movie ‘The Abyss’ provided Cameron with the first inspiration to make ‘Titanic’. He wrote, directed and produced the box-office epic ‘Titanic’ which was released in 1997, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack and Kate Winslet as Rose. It was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won 11 Oscars. ‘Titanic’ was again released in its 3D version in 2012 and enchanted the audiences once more.
Martin Scorsese was born in 1942 in New York City. He grew up in the streets of New York’s Little Italy which formed the inspiration of his first theatrical movie ‘Who’s That Knocking At My Door’ in 1968. He made many movies with actor Robert De Niro such as ‘Raging Bull’, ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘New York, New York’ which became very popular and won critical acclaim as well.
His association with Leonardo DiCaprio started with the ‘Gangs of New York’ in 2002 and continued with the Howard Hughes biopic ‘The Aviator’ (which won Leonardo the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in 2004), ‘The Departed’ and ‘The Shutter Island’. Scorsese won his first Oscar for best direction for ‘The Departed’ and the movie was also named the best picture in 2006. Scorsese once remarked that DeCaprio reminded him of DeNiro with the energy and excitement that he carried with him on the sets.
Born in 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Steven Spielberg is one of the most powerful and wealthy people in Hollywood with movies such as ‘Jaws’, ‘Close Encounters of The Third Kind’, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ and ‘Jurassic Park’. A change from his usual intense characters, Leonardo played a young conman in the movie ‘Catch Me If You Can’ directed by Steven Spielberg. This breezy comedy was based on a true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who made millions of dollars before 19 years of age through various scams.
From a macho movie star to an accomplished director, Clint Eastwood has been a part of several iconic movies in Hollywood such as ‘Sudden Impact’, ‘In The Line of Fire’ and ‘Million Dollar Baby’. DiCaprio and Eastwood worked together in the biopic ‘J.Edgar’, based on the life of the famous and powerful former FBI director. Eastwood once remarked in an interview that he admired Leonardo for his willingness to choose challenging roles instead of the run-of-the-mill variety.
Christopher Nolan was born in London in 1970 and has worked on some of the biggest hits of all times in Hollywood such as ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Night’. He wrote, directed and produced the DeCaprio-starrer ‘Inception’ in 2010 which went on to win four Oscar awards that year. He credited Leonardo for adding the right amount of emotions and intensity to his character in ‘Inception’ and in making the movie the success it was. ‘Inception’ dealt with the concept of dream invasion of the human mind in a highly advanced world.
Leonardo along with Russell Crowe starred in the global espionage thriller ‘Body of Lies’ directed by Ridley Scott in 2008. Scott is also famous for his other movies such as ‘The Gladiator’ and ‘Black Hawk Down’.