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Leonardo DiCaprio Quotes

Leo DiCaprio Speech

Leonardo DiCaprio quotes: A-list advice and reflections by Leo.

“I really don’t know what I’m doing.  I don’t.  It’s terrible.  I go in there and I learn how to be like the character and do the best I can, and that’s all I really do.”

“I’m not the kind of person who tries to be cool or trendy, I’m definitely an individual.”

“Wrong connection will give you shock throughout your life.  But the right one will light up your life.”

“I’m 97% sure you don’t like me; but I’m 100% sure I don’t care.”

“I like to be able to play a character and act out a lot of things which I can’t or don’t do in my normal everyday life.”

“I don’t think I ever expected anything like an Oscar ever, to tell you the truth.  That is not my motivation when I do these roles.  I really am motivated by being able to work with great people and create a body of work that I can look back and be proud of.”

“School, I never truly got the knack of.  I could never focus on things I didn’t want to learn.”

“We are running out of time and it is now incumbent upon all of us, all of you, activists, young and old, to please get involved.  Because the environment and the fight for the world’s poor are inherently linked.  The planet can no longer wait, the underprivileged can no longer be ignored.”

“I get a friend to travel with me.  I need somebody to bring me back to who I am.  It’s hard to be alone.”

“I will succeed and nothing in this world is going to stop me.”

“If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.”

“Last night’s win at the ‪‎Oscars‬ was an incredible honor – but it was also an important opportunity to bring even more attention to ‪‎climate change‬.  Last year was the hottest in recorded history.  Climate change is real, it is the most dire crisis our species has ever known, and it is happening right now.  We must empower leaders who don’t speak for corporate interests but who speak for us, our children’s children, and those whose voices cannot be heard.  Take action!”

“We are all shaped from memories we have as young people.”

“My career should adapt to me.  Fame is like a VIP pass wherever you want to go.”

“It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing all the hype that’s written about you.  Who knows?  In a couple of years, you might find me in the loony bin!”

“I want to be a jerk like the rest of my friends, and have fun, and not care about the consequences, but I just can’t now.”

“The good thing about acting is that it always keeps you on your toes.  It’s not like any other job where you can go in and do the same thing as yesterday.”

“The best thing about acting is that I get to lose myself in another character and actually get paid for it.  It’s a great outlet.  I’m not really sure who I am – it seems I change every day.”

“Never let failure take control of you.”

“Fall in love with the person who enjoys your madness.  Not an idiot who forces you to be normal.”

“I realize that I do not change the course of history.  I am an actor, I do a movie, that’s the end of it.  You have to realize we are just clowns for hire.  After I had success it was great, at first, not to worry about money.  It was on my mind when I was growing up.”

“Everywhere I go, somebody is staring at me.  I don’t know if people are staring because they recognize me or because they think I’m a weirdo.”

“To join the top 1%, you have to do what the 99% won’t.”

“I’ve managed to keep a clear head and remain sane in this business because I remain a kid off-camera.”

“I was always the kid in school who tried to get attention, not necessarily the class clown, but I’d do little unexpected performances.”

“Be thankful for the hard times, for they have made you.”

“I’ve been planted here to be a vessel for acting.  That’s why I’m really taking any part, regardless of how complicated it’s going to be.”

“Why worry?”

“I’ve always been spontaneous and outgoing.  I’ve tried lots of things so I’ve got some good life experiences, which is great ’cause it means I’ve got lots of material to work with as an actor.”

“I have learned from my experiences in this industry that there is absolutely no way to control people’s opinions on your performance in your movie.  You go out there, promote your film, and hope people like the work you did.”

“It’s business.  Leave your emotions at the door.”

“Everybody has gone through something that has changed them in a way that they could never go back to the person they once were.”

“I just really love doing what I do.  I know every career is fleeting and there will be time periods when I don’t get the opportunities that I’m getting right now, so I am taking advantage of them.”

“If money isn’t everything?  Work at McDonald’s.”

“I didn’t know what types of movies I wanted to do.  I want to do things that are different.  I want to take my time with each role.”

“Raising awareness on the most pressing environmental issues of our time is more important than ever.”

“Only you and you alone can change your situation.  Don’t blame it on anything or anyone.”

“I grew up when I was 15 when I had my first opportunity in movies.  I watched every great movie for a year and a half, and since then I’ve asked myself how I can emulate such artistry.  That’s really my motivation.  I want to do something as good as my heroes have done.”

“I’m really moved by all the people on the internet demanding that I should win an Oscar.  But to be honest, I only do this job because I love it, not to win prizes.”

“Pay close attention to people who don’t clap when you win.”

“Don’t think for a moment that I’m really like any of the characters I’ve played.  I’m not.  That’s why it’s called ‘acting.'”

“Smile, nod, agree, and do whatever you were going to do anyway.”

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