Leonardo DiCaprio is sufficiently old now that it is easy to neglect there was a time when he was generally criticized for being too youthful-looking for most of the movies he made as a younger grownup. To cite /Film’s Josh Spiegel, “DiCaprio had been each blessed and cursed with the type of cherubic face that turned him right into a teenage heartthrob.”
In an interview with Deadline, Michael Mann equally cited DiCaprio’s younger look because the issue that “respectfully undid” his James Dean biopic:
“That was so bizarre about James Dean. It was an excellent screenplay. After which it is who the hell might play James Dean? And I discovered a chap who might play James Dean, however he was too younger. It was Leo. We did a display screen take a look at that is fairly wonderful. I feel he should’ve been 19 on the time. And from one angle, he completely had it with him. I imply, it is brilliance. He would flip his face in a single course and we see a imaginative and prescient of James Dean, after which he’d flip his face one other course and it is no, that is a younger child. I discovered the completely good act of the play, in about three years from that.”
Not wanting to attend round for DiCaprio to “age” into the function, Mann wound up leaving the movie. The Dean biopic would ultimately come to fruition because the made-for-TV film “James Dean” in 2001, with James Franco starring. It acquired well mannered if restrained applause from critics, with The Washington Post writing it re-creates Dean’s life “with what may be referred to as gorgeous adequacy.”
Would Mann’s “James Dean” have been higher? Very presumably, however given what the director went and made as an alternative (somewhat movie referred to as “Heat“), maybe all of it labored out for the perfect.