Summary of “How Leonardo DiCaprio Became Hollywood’s Last Movie Star”

In an age of pre-branded franchises and social media currency, DiCaprio is a Hollywood unicorn, able to gross hundreds of millions of dollars without wearing a cape, wielding a lightsaber or even having an agent.
The film’s star, Leonardo DiCaprio, already enjoyed a budding global popularity thanks to the studio’s 1996 release Romeo + Juliet, which had earned $148 million worldwide – 69 percent of its haul coming from overseas.
Fast-forward 22 years, and DiCaprio remains a global movie star, one whose consistent bankability and acclaim set him apart from his peers.
Unlike waning megastars like Will Smith, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert Downey Jr., DiCaprio sits alone atop the Hollywood pantheon without ever having made a comic book movie, family film or pre-branded franchise.
Sources say DiCaprio took a $15 million upfront payday – $5 million less than his usual $20 million – in order to get Once Upon a Time made, but he stands to make north of $45 million if the film meets expectations.
After the unprecedented success of Titanic – then the highest-grossing movie of all time – DiCaprio made a choice that would define his career over the next two decades: Instead of following up the blockbuster with a tried-and-true formula of tentpoles or high-concept thrillers, the Los Angeles native eschewed box office glory to work with the top directors in Hollywood.
While Smith is doing Netflix originals and a Disney remake, Lawrence is on a cold streak and Downey only makes money as Tony Stark, DiCaprio continues to choose films that would seem risky on paper – typically R-rated, longer than 2½ hours and with budgets topping $80 million – bets that have paid off and given him an unrivaled amount of power.
Regardless, the Red Granite debacle appears to have had little effect on DiCaprio’s standing in Hollywood – agents will say privately that there is no actor or actress that they would rather put their clients next to in a movie.

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