Whether it’s choosing from his stack of newsboy caps or picking out which blond supermodel to date next, Leonardo DiCaprio faces tough decisions every day. And when it comes to deciding which new movie should be his next project, Leo is quite the tough cookie to convince.
Baz Luhrmann, who directed DiCaprio in “Romeo + Juliet” and “The Great Gatsby,” opened up to radio show host Elvis Duran on Thursday about just what it takes to talk DiCaprio into doing a movie.
“Leo is never easy about deciding to do anything. He doesn’t make those decisions lightly, and he put me through the hoops in a really good way,” Luhrmann said of working with DiCaprio on “Gatsby.” “It really was about working with Leonardo again, and we were always trying to think of something to do and I had to wear him down.”
Though the director said that it was “worse” trying to convince the actor to star in “Gatsby” than it was for “Romeo + Juliet,” Luhrmann said that’s what he admired about DiCaprio.
“The thing about Leonardo — I mean, he’s a friend, our families are friends — is that he looks for joy in life,” Luhrmann said. “But when it comes to two things, acting and the environment, he just doesn’t take it lightly.”
Exactly what we’d expect.
Listen to the rest of Luhrmann’s interview below: