I watched Shutter Island last week. It reminded me what an incredible actor Leonardo Di Caprio is. It is just unfortunate that he is such a baby face with a voice pitched too high for any credibility in manly roles. I always find myself thinking what a good actor he is rather than completely losing myself in the character which is a mark of a truly great actor.
The one Di Caprio film which is the exception is What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) where he plays autistic younger brother of Johnny Depp's character Gilbert Grape. His performance is remarkable - so utterly convincing that it wasn't until many years post Titanic that I even made the connection that it was Di Caprio. I love this film but unluckily for me, so does Mummy Mishaps who has already chosen it for her Movie Meme.
Try as I might, I cannot think of another Di Caprio performance that comes close to the sheer brilliance of his role in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. He is always good, he has an impressive list of films that he can claim for his CV but for me, that early performance in his teens as Arnie Grape is faultless.
For that reason for my Movie Meme this week, I sacrifice originality to concur with Mummy Mishaps
|What's Eating Gilbert Grape|