When an actor reaches a certain echelon, they don’t need to do interviews or the regular press junkets anymore. Their name alone holds weight when their latest film comes out.
This is true of Leonardo DiCaprio. As the buzz of his Golden Globe winning film The Revenant increases daily, Leo recently appeared in Esquire magazine in photos only. Not that I’m complaining. Leo is gorgeous and won my heart even more during his acceptance speech at last night’s 73rd annual Golden Globe awards. He did the usual thank yous but then spoke about the importance of having real indigenous actors in the film, the importance to honour native culture and that it is time we all work together with their community to save the earth from corporate greed.
Reminiscent of when Marlon Brando boycotted the Academy Awards when he won for The Godfather and in his place stood Sacheen Littlefeather, an actress and Native American activist, who gave his declinatory speech. That was 1973 and she was booed. When Leo spoke last night there was applause but let’s not feel that we have made that much progress. There is still a lot more work to do when it comes to alleviating the struggle of indigenous communities all over the world.