Leonardo DiCaprio is unquestionably one of the best actors in Hollywood, he has starred in some legendary films, including “Titanic,” “Inception,” “and “Catch Me if You Can” and he has been nominated for the Golden Globe Award eight times, and won one. He has also been nominated by the Academy Awards, Screen Actors Guild, Satellite Awards, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. So, when news came today, December 26, 2012 that DiCaprio had gone so far above in beyond in his performance as Calvin Candie in “Django Unchained,” (the review is available here) that he injured himself, it came as no surprise.
DiCaprio is known for his intense dedication to performances, and “Django Unchained” was a thrilling and intense movie directed by Tarantino – a director known for giving his actors space. When combined, these two elements resulted in another spectacular performance from DiCaprio, though apparently he got so carried away that even after he got a bit bloody on set he just kept going, and the end result is in the final cut.
For those who have already seen the movie, it’s probably quite obvious that DiCaprio injured himself (no spoilers) during an intense conversation at the dining room table, DiCaprio adamantly slammed his hand down on the table and when he lifted his hand, it was inexplicably covered in quite realistic-looking blood. According to Variety, who first reported on the on-set accident, DiCaprio inadvertently crushed a piece of real glass in the process, which cut his hand quite severely. According to Stacey Sher, a producer on the film,
Leo had slammed his hand on the table countless times and he moved his hand further and he crushed a crystal cordial glass, blood was dripping down his hand. He never broke character. He kept going. He was in such a zone. It was very intense. He required stitches.
With the cameras still rolling, DiCaprio once again showcased his tremendous acting ability – DiCaprio refused to break character and continued his dialogue. The blood actually worked into the scene, as DiCaprio rubbed some of it on the face of another actor to enhance the scene. Once cut was called, the cast and crew gave the “Departed” star a standing ovation. Sher explained it was:
Not because he cut himself, because in that scene he had pages and pages of monologue. His performance was masterful. His level of commitment is extraordinary.
“Django Unchained” is currently in theaters, and for his role DiCaprio was recently nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for the Golden Globes. The ceremony will be held on January 13, 2013.