Leonardo DiCaprio is not just an impeccable actor but he also seems to have a silver tongue! In the world of movies, every star has a story behind contributing to a movie and such is Daniel Day-Lewis’s. The actor was convinced by A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio to do a Martin Scorsese movie.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio is Martin Scorsese’s one of the favorite actors who has collaborated with him in quite successful projects. When the Titanic star was finalized for the movie Gangs of New York, he was assigned a task by the director to bring Daniel Day-Lewis into the cast.

Leonardo DiCaprio Needed Tobey Maguire’s Help to Convince Daniel Day-Lewis

Gangs of New York
Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis

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Martin Scorsese‘s movie Gangs of New York is a well-appreciated movie, not only for its impressive cast which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz but also for its historical accuracy. Even though Scorsese was the director, it wasn’t easy to cast the actor he wished. For this, Leonardo DiCaprio was given the mission to bring Daniel Day-Lewis into the cast despite being a retired actor then. In an interview with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, DiCaprio explained how discussions were going on about casting Day-Lewis, and people around said:

‘Well, he’s retired. He’s a cobbler, he’s making shoes in Italy”.

Soon after the conversation, Scorsese told DiCaprio to “suss it out”. He wanted Day-Lewis in his movie and the Inception star had to bring him by hook or crook. So, Leonardo DiCaprio explained that it took a lot of sussing to convince Daniel Day-Lewis and even required a bit of help from Tobey Maguire to persuade the Lincoln star. After having a few dinners with the Shutter Island star, Daniel Day-Lewis agreed and signed for Gangs of New York.

Daniel Day-Lewis is a Huge Influence on Leonardo DiCaprio’s Life

Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis

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Daniel Day-Lewis was a retired man before doing Gangs of New York, but DiCaprio’s sweet talk won over Day-Lewis and as a result, Leonardo Dicaprio swayed Daniel Day-Lewis’ opinion. The stars then did an outstanding performance in Martin Scorsese’s movie and were highly recognized for their fine acting in Gangs of New York. In the same interview with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, DiCaprio revealed that it was a privilege to collaborate with Day-Lewis as he is one of the huge influences in the life of The Killers of The Flower Moon star. DiCaprio quoted:

“I got to work with somebody who was another huge influence on myself as an actor”.

Daniel Day-Lewis received numerous awards throughout his career which spanned over four decades, including three Academy Awards for Best Actor, making him the first and only actor to have three wins in that category. The My Left Foot actor also landed an Oscar nomination for Gangs of New York a movie that won several accolades and made $193.8 million worldwide. Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance in Hollywood has earned him a reputation for being one of the greatest actors in the history of cinema and no wonder he’s a huge influence in DiCaprio’s life.

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Source: SAG-AFTRA Foundation

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