The Great Gatsby lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio is an enigma
Is Leonardo DiCaprio as much the partying playboy as his character in The Great Gatsby? He gives all the right answers about his role, but manages to evade all questions on his personal life
If Jay Gatsby were a real person and alive today, the playboy protagonist of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel The Great Gatsby would probably be a fixture in the tabloid press, photographed with a succession of supermodels on his arm or on yachts partying with celebrities and billionaires.
In other words, his life might look a little like Leonardo DiCaprio's, which is pretty handy considering that the 38-year-old actor plays him in the latest film adaptation by Australian director Baz Luhrmann of the book. The movie opens in Singapore tomorrow.
The Hollywood star is a household name because of movies such as Titanic (1997) and Inception (2010), but he is just as well-known for his partying lifestyle and long resume of dalliances featuring an endlessly revolving door of stunning models and actresses including Gisele Bundchen (2001-2005), Blake Lively (2011), Bar Refaeli (2011) and Erin Heatherton (2012).
But apart from tantalising glimpses reported by the media, the actor is famously guarded about his private life, and journalists who have interviewed him over the years know that he rarely deviates from script or gives anything away.
“Everyone I know has read this book, and they have their own interpretation stuck in their minds... So in a way, you’re setting yourself up for a tremendous amount of criticism.”
Leonardo DiCaprio on the movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby