by Melissa Uhrin
I have been giving some thought lately to a favourite episode of Friends, where the subject of a top five list of celebrities becomes laminated, in walks Isabella Rossellini and Ross hates life. Now, I bring this up not to discuss MY list and whether or not it has been colour coded and laminated, but rather to bring to the table another of my boyfriends (sorry, The Rock, but you are my second laminated love, and have indeed been bumped for Leonardo DiCaprio). Why his intro had to be in parentheses I do not know, but it’s too late to go back now!
Leonardo DiCaprio. As far back as I can remember, there has never been a film that he has been in that I did not love (well, loved his performance, to be more specific). He has not once failed me in that respect and I have in fact, after much thought, come to the conclusion that I have sought out more of his works than any other actor.
Titanic, I remember seeking out any and every one of his movies to spend more time with him. And despite eighteen years having passed, I have come to the conclusion that although I may sway my tastes from time to time, I always come back to DiCaprio as being my favourite actor.
Soooooo not quite ready to fill my days with Christmas movies yet, I went on a bit of a DiCaprio bender this past week, and filled my time with Boston’s Irish crime, tragic Shakespearean lovers, Thailand beaches, a racist plantation owner and, of course, a giant ship full of holes.
The Departed (2006)
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996)
just talking about how much I liked The Human Centipede?) I can get to the part when Romeo gets to the burial vault and then I have to shut it off. Every time... Dammit, I am such a girl. Who would have thought?
The Beach (2000)
Shutter Island (2010)
Django Unchained (2012)
It might be that given my admiration of and affection for Leonardo DiCaprio in all his roles that I am incapable of seeing his lifetime of diverse performances as anything but spectacular. I can't even pinpoint one of his performances as my favourite, because as I discovered during my “research” for this piece, my favourite “Leo” was who I was watching at the time. I still have Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Aviator and Blood Diamond queued up to watch, but I unfortunately ran out of time to add them in to this piece. I'm certain they would all have gone a little something like this: “Leo is great. I love Leo!” Which is essentially what I just did for the past 1200 words. Congrats on sticking it through to the end!
So you're damn right my “list” is laminated and colour coded. One through five, Leonardo DiCaprio's my man. Is a tweet an appropriate medium for breaking up with The Rock? Might be the safest. Wish me luck!