I don’t know why, but it seems like I just keep seeing stuff about Leonardo DiCaprio lately. Magazine covers, bits on the news, etc. etc. I didn’t want or read any of it because I find him so unappealing and uninteresting. In fact, I find him so unappealing, he is one of those actors who makes me not want to see a movie if he’s in it, which on occasion might be too bad because he’s been in some good ones. Regardless, I have an unformed theory about DiCaprio that he’s a male lead actor for women. The old line about “women want him, men want to be him” doesn’t apply to DiCaprio the way it does to lots of other male actors. Women obviously want him, but I don’t think many men want to be him. Not like say Harrison Ford or Sean Connery or, say, pre-brain-implosion Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson et al. There’s just something Clay Aikeny about DiCaprio, in a non-gay way. I really can’t put my finger on it. I don’t think it’s simply his age. Matt Damon, Heath Ledger and lots of other younger male actors pull off being compelling in a male way that DiCaprio just can’t. But, he keeps making big movies, which means he must be appealing to lots of people. So maybe I’m merely projecting my personal distaste?
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