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Leonardo DiCaprio has his pick of roles in Hollywood, but not much gets him excited these days. Sometimes years go by between his movies. So what accounts for his choosing to play the despicable and probably closeted FBI legend, J. Edgar Hoover? The film's director, Clint Eastwood. Mark Harris sits down with the two men--both legends in their own right--to find out why they're finally working together now and gets their thoughts on the current film industry: "Continuously trying to achieve box-office success is a dead end," says DiCaprio. "It goes where it's been before. Plagiarism is always the biggest thing in Hollywood," blasts Eastwood. They also weigh in on the recent barrage of comic-book movies, the public's obsession with box-office numbers, DiCaprio's directing aspirations--Eastwood says, "He'd be great"--and more.

Leonardo DiCaprio on his ambivalence towards box-office numbers:
"Throughout my career, I never knew which movies of mine made money and which didn't. When Titanic came out, people would say, 'Do you realize what a success this is?' And I'd say, 'Yeah, yeah, it's a hit.' The [money] stuff never mattered to me until I was into my thirties and got interested in producing, and people would show me charts explaining what finances a movie, what you'll make from foreign, what you'll make from domestic, what you need to make an R-rated film that's a comedy versus a drama. But even now I say that unless you want to prove that you can carry a film with your name, continuously trying to achieve box-office success is a dead end."

Eastwood and DiCaprio weigh in on the politics of gay marriage:
"These people who are making a big deal about gay marriage? I don't give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We're making a big deal out of things we shouldn't be making a deal out of...Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want," says Clint Eastwood.

"That's the most infuriating thing--watching people focus on these things. Meanwhile, there's the onset of global warming and these incredibly scary and menacing things with the future of our economy," says DiCaprio.

The October issue is on newsstands nationwide September 20th, 2011


(photo credit: Craig McDean/GQ).













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