DiCaprio reteams with director Baz Luhrmann for an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, starring opposite real-life best friend Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. "I remember reading the book in high school and always thinking of Gatsby as this strong, stoic, suave, mysterious man who had everything under control," he says, "but when I read it as an adult I realized he is a hollow man, a shell of a person trying to find meaning ... He's a great tragedy and the story's a great tragedy, too." The film takes the second spot at the box office over opening weekend, raking in $50 million.
DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese collaborate for the fifth time on The Wolf of Wall Street, a dark comedy about the rise and fall of former stockbroker Jordan Belfort and his over-the-top lifestyle. "When you take on a character like this and you want to accurately reflect the nature of who these people are, you just gotta do it," the actor tells Extra. "You can't think about yourself, because it's not me, it's a depiction of somebody else." The role earns DiCaprio a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination.
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