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Leonardo DiCaprio 'Had No Eye Contact Rule' On Set Of OUTIH

Leonardo DiCaprio 'Had No Eye Contact Rule' On Set Of OUTIH

Starting out as a lowly actor, you probably have to make do with a broom cupboard for a dressing room and your mum doing your hair and makeup.

But once you've climbed to the very summit of the profession, like Leonardo DiCaprio, you can probably request just about anything you desire, so long as you deliver the goods.

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However, it wasn't lobster for lunch or a limousine escort that DiCaprio requested on the set of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly asked for crew members not to make eye contact with him during filming of OUTIH. Credit: Sony Pictures
Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly asked for crew members not to make eye contact with him during filming of OUTIH. Credit: Sony Pictures

Rather, the Oscar-winning actor asked that crew members avoid making eye contact with him, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The publication claims the request was made in order to help him maintain 'a carefully crafted air of mystery'.

How very mysterious indeed.

The film - Quentin Tarantino's tenth - has been years in the making and stars Tinseltown A-listers Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie alongside the likes of Al Pacino, Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning.

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It tells the tale of former TV actor Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt), following their attempts to break into the film industry during 1969 in LA - right at the time of the famous Manson Family murders.

The film has a star-studded cast, as you might expect. Credit: PA
The film has a star-studded cast, as you might expect. Credit: PA

The Hollywood Reporter claims DiCaprio took $15 million (£12 million) up front to make the film, which actually represents a $5 million (£4 million) pay cut, however he could stand to make more than $45 million (£36 million) if the film does as well as expected at the box office.

Meanwhile, director Tarantino has heaped praise on the actor, claiming he 'stands alone' in the industry today.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, he said: "One of the things I like about Leo is he just doesn't plug himself into two movies a year.

"He kind of stands alone today, like Al Pacino or Robert De Niro were in the '70s, where they weren't trying to do two movies a year - they could do anything they wanted, and they wanted to do this. So that means this must be pretty good."

Tarantino said DiCaprio 'stands alone' in the industry. Credit: PA
Tarantino said DiCaprio 'stands alone' in the industry. Credit: PA

In a press release issue last year, the man behind the likes of Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained summarised what we can expect from his latest offering.

He said: "The two lead characters are Rick Dalton, former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth.

"Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don't recognise anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbour... Sharon Tate.

"I've been working on this script for five years, as well as living in Los Angeles County most of my life, including in 1969, when I was seven years old.

"I'm very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that don't exist anymore. And I couldn't be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio and Pitt as Rick and Cliff."

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will be released on 14 August in the UK and 26 July in the US.

Featured Image Credit: Sony Pictures

Topics: TV and Film, US Entertainment

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

 

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