Apparently, Leonardo DiCaprio did not want the crew members on the set of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to look him in the eye.
Why on earth would Leo deprive anyone from looking into those beautiful blue eyes?
According to claims, Leonardo DiCaprio maintained a “no eye contact” policy with crew members. An on-set source confirmed that “some crew members on Once Upon a Time were instructed to avoid making eye contact with him.”
So What Gives?
DiCaprio is a little different than other modern stars, who scramble to maintain relevance and a constant presence through social media and nonstop work across all platforms. DiCaprio doesn’t use his Twitter for self-promotion, but instead updates his followers on environmental issues or current global issues.
He sticks to cinema, and hasn’t appeared on the small screen since his 1992 appearance on the show Growing Pains. On top of his carefully managed career, DiCaprio has managed to maintain a meticulously crafted air of mystery off-camera.
And maintaining that air of mystery on set is what drove DiCaprio to enact his “no eye contact” policy with crew members of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
In fact, despite being one of the most photographed men in the world, DiCaprio rarely talks about his personal life and he has managed to completely maintain that air of mystery. You’d have better luck learning about his personal day-to-day life from a psychic reader.
DiCaprio Took a Pay Cut for Once Upon a Time
After a four year absence from the big screen, sources also say that DiCaprio took $15 million upfront for this film, which is $5 million less than his usual $20 million, in order to get the movie made. He does stand to make at least $5 million if the film is a hit as expected. His last appearance was his Oscar-winning role in The Revenant.
The Last of His Kind, Praised by Tarantino
Leonardo DiCaprio remains a global movie star, and his consistent brand of excellence and bankability has set him apart from his peers. He is arguably the last global superstar left in a film industry full of interchangeable actors that are regularly ignored by audiences outside of franchises.
DiCaprio is the only mega-star left that hasn’t made a comic book film, family movie or become part of a pre-branded franchise.
Quentin Tarantino himself praised Leonardo DiCaprio, saying that he “stands alone today, like al Pacino or Robert De Niro were in the ’70s.” He also said, “One of the things I like about Leo is he just doesn’t plug himself into two movies a year.”