When you look at the incredible resumes of both Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, for me the one thing that stands out is neither of them has ever directed before. You’d think by now DiCaprio might have helmed a short film, or perhaps attached his name to a feature that he really wanted to helm for himself, but nothing. And the same goes for Tom Hardy. So when I sat down with the gifted actors to talk about their incredible work in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant, I decided to start the interview off by asking if either of them have plans to direct. While I expected a generic answer like “when I find the right project,” I was surprised to hear DiCaprio say “I don’t know if I could do it.”
The fact is DiCaprio is one of the best actors working in film. He’s proven again and again that whatever role he takes on he’ll always deliver a standout performance. But being a great actor doesn’t make you a great director. More often than not people think just because they’re great at one aspect of making a movie they can do everything. But not everyone is Ben Affleck, who I’d argue is a better director than actor. So it’s refreshing to hear someone as successful as DiCaprio acknowledge his limitations.
During the rest of the interview DiCaprio and Hardy talked about getting to work with Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and the challenge of making The Revenant. Check out what they had to say below.
The Revenant is now playing in limited release and will expand nationwide starting January 8th. The Revenant also stars Domnhall Gleeson, Will Poulter and Forrest Goodluck. Click here for all our previous coverage which includes clips, trailers, images, and more.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy:
- Will they ever direct a film?
- What was it like getting to work with Emmanuel Lubezki (Chivo).
- Did they ever have a day that came close to breaking them?