Hailed as the best actor of his generation when he was only 20 years old, Leonardo DiCaprio has repeatedly shocked the Hollywood establishment by turning down roles he felt were "too commercial" or "too mundane." This revealing book at this talented young star covers DiCaprio's fascinating life and successful film career. 40 photos.
Despite its 53 mouthwatering photos, there's bad news for lustful female fans in this bestselling Leonardo DiCaprio book. "I'm probably not going to get married unless I live with somebody for 10 to 20 years," Leo confesses. "[Boys nowadays] don't have the balls that Romeo did." But the good news, according to Leo's on-camera Juliet, Claire Danes, is that he is still "rather immature." So there may be hope! But beware of a too-direct approach: "Not that I mind being recognized, but all these teenage girls have become hysterical, man. What they do is shocking, climbing over walls and stuff."
Biographer Brian Robb covers Leo's career from childhood (when he got booted from Romper Room for being rowdy) to his Oscar nomination for What's Eating Gilbert Grape? and onward. Leo took what would've been River Phoenix's parts in The Basketball Diaries and Total Eclipse. Then he moved teens to tears in Romeo and Juliet (check out the Shakespeare Made Easy edition with a modern English translation and Shakespeare's original text side by side) and moved grownups to tears in Marvin's Room, a bestseller in Japan. Then he made the world weep in James Cameron's Titanic.
What's next? Whatever he likes. "Fame," as Leo observes, "is like a VIP pass wherever you want to go." --Tim Appelo, Bestsellers editor