Movies: Leo: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist

Maniacally focused on showy parts in prestige movies, DiCaprio doesn't want your love, just your admiration

If Leonardo DiCaprio has a gaping wound in his soul that fuels his art and keeps him up nights, then he truly is the greatest actor of his generation. "At the end of the day, being an actor is just not that difficult, dude," he says in his warm, unburdened California monotone, while birds sing beneath him in the garden of the legendary Hotel Bel-Air. "It's difficult to give certain types of performances, but most of the time you're in character for about 10 seconds, and editing makes it look complete. The toughest part is sustaining a career, and that's about...

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