08 Nov '11, 10pm

Leonardo DiCaprio isn't afraid to shun the Hollywood system and take on odd roles: by Brooks Barnes [email protected]

by Brooks Barnes [email protected] 04:45 AM Nov 09, 2011 To transform himself into an ageing J Edgar Hoover, Leonardo DiCaprio sat for hours at a time while makeup artists gave him liver spots, yellow teeth and big, bulbous love handles. He spends a good chunk of Clint Eastwood's film, J. Edgar, that way, sweating and sneering in the unforgiving lighting of FBI headquarters. The part also meant memorising endless monologues that needed to be delivered with Hoover's own breakneck cadence. Additionally DiCaprio, who typically comes accessorised with a supermodel girlfriend in real life, had to wrestle aggressively with a man and then kiss him. Oh, and wear a dress. Faced with a role with demands like that, most superstar actors, even those eager to catch the attention of Oscar voters, would have turned and run. Look unhandsome and unheroic? Too big a risk, even with ...

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