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Is Leonardo DiCaprio Taking a Break From Acting?

DiCaprio Taking Break
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There are few actors as hardworking and reliably great as Leonardo DiCaprio and there are fewer with such discerning taste. After all, not every actor out there has managed to work with James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Sam Mendes, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. Filmmakers, audiences and critics alike all seem to love him with equal fervor…which means the news that he’s taking a break from acting is enough to make us a little sad.

In a recent interview, DiCaprio admitted that he’s simply worn out and needs to step out of the spotlight for bit.

“I am a bit drained…I’m now going to take a long, long break. I’ve done three films in two years and I’m just worn out.”

We’d be worn out too if we had DiCaprio’s schedule. In the past two years, he’s filmed ‘The Great Gatsby,’ ‘Django Unchained‘ and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street‘ — we can only imagine the creative whiplash that comes from jumping between Jay Gatsby, Calvin Candie and any lead character in a Scorsese picture. It’s not like being busy is a new thing for DiCaprio, either. He also starred in ‘Inception,’ ‘Shutter Island’ and ‘J. Edgar’ between 2010 and 2011. By the time the year is over, he’ll have starred in six movies in five years. If anything, he’s being humble. He’s earned a break.

But what will he do while on his professional vacation? His plans sound like typically wishy-washy in that grand Hollywood way, but at least his heart is in the right place:

“I would like to improve the world a bit. I will fly around the world doing good for the environment.”

Well, bon voyage, Mr. DiCaprio! We expect to see you back on the big screen as soon as you’re ready…and we hope that’s very soon.

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