Sunday, April 14, 2024

Leonardo DiCaprio is Finally a Dad! In Satire “Don’t Look Up” He Plays the Father of Two Adult Sons


We’re still a ways off from getting into the nitty gritty of Adam McKay’s “Don’t Look Up.”

But while we wait, ponder this: Leonardo DiCaprio is now old enough to play the father of adult children. Believe it or not, and I can’t, Leo is now 47 years old.

Okay, I’m sitting down.

It was 30 years ago — like Adele’s 30 — when Leo was a teenager on “Growing Pains.”

It was 1993 when he broke through with the combination of “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” and “This Boy’s Life.” I have a clear memory of interviewing Leo over lunch in 1993. I was 12, which means he was a baby.

Over the years, DiCaprio has played a lot of roles, but never an onscreen Dad, not even to small children. He won an Oscar for tousling with a bear. Maybe he had kids in “Wolf of Wall Street,” but his character was too high on Quaaludes to know who they were. In “Catch Me If You Can,” he was a son of Christopher Walken. In Scorsese films, he’s had a lot of  things to do, but nothing involved progeny.

And yet, as a respected astronomer and scientist in “Don’t Look Up,” Leo’s got two sons at home. The actors who play them are 25 years old. His character is also married to an age appropriate woman played Melanie Lynskey. Indeed, in “Don’t Look Up,” DiCaprio — who used to be The Kid — is sort of avuncular toward Timothee Chalamet. Think of this: Leo used to be Timothee Chalamet.

And so it goes, right? The circle of life.

PS It kind of makes sense if you think about it. DiCaprio’s most famous role was as Jack in “Titanic.” His love interest was Kate Winslet. In “Mare of Easttown,” Kate had a grandchild! Really, now I’m taking a nap!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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