While quite a few actors have made the jump to directing, one who has no such desire is Leonardo DiCaprio. As part of a recent cover story for Variety, the actor offered an explanation as to why he doesn’t think he’ll ever slip into the director’s chair:
“I’ve been so blessed to work with some great filmmakers, that I’m probably cursed to probably ever work as a director myself. I don’t think I would be able to compare to what I’ve seen. There are so many things that come into play when you make a movie. I really don’t know how they do it.
The truth is, the one thing I regret, if anything, in my long career having worked with the likes of Alejandro [G. Inarritu] and Marty [Scorsese] is not be able to be a voyeur and stand aside and watch what they do, because I’m only concerned about what the hell I’m doing every single day.
But, it would have been wonderful to have someone document all the great experiences I had and learn from the decisions. That’s what you have to look for when you work with these directors. It’s these tiny little decisions that change something from being mundane.”
DiCaprio’s new film “The Revenant” opens wide this weekend and is reportedly headed for a $30+ million weekend following a $14.3 million haul last night.