In an exclusive interview,Leonardo DiCaprio talks about reviving his chemistry with Kate Winslet for Revolutionary Road after 12 years
You must have been very comfortable being cast opposite your Titanic co-star?
It was invaluable to have a dear friend who you have known for over a decade,be a partner in a film like this. To have somebody that talented to work against,and whom you intrinsically trust to give you her forthright honest opinion about what were both doing all thats something you cant really buy. I know a lot of the intense moments in this movie were made that much easier and were pushed to even further limits because of that relationship.
Playing Frank Wheeler must have felt like a departure for you.
Yes,in almost every instance Ive played a character whos heroic and who defies adversity and the odds in order to fulfill some promise to himself or some other character and is gallant in that regard.
Franks not at all like that. Hes charming and dashing,but flawed too.
I very much loved his un-heroic qualities. I felt the sympathy shifts in this movie from character to character. You have compassion for a character one moment and whats disconcerting is the next moment they do something detestable.
Have you read Richard Yates book on which the film is based?
I have read the book many times. But I received the script first and got hold of the novel afterwards. What it did was answer a lot of questions for me.
Those people who know the book love it,but its still not widely known.
Thats why it took so long for the film to get made. The book wasnt a bestseller. Even towards the end of his life,Yates didnt get the proper credit that he deserved for creating such a masterpiece.
Its a very interior story. People express their thoughts,but they dont always correspond to their actions.
At first glance,its about two people in the 1950s,people dissatisfied with life in the suburbs and the loss of their own individualism. But then you get the nuances and you discover the conflicts. This is not a nostalgic look at the 50s,and its not about people who were a product of that specific period. Its simply about two people who werent destined to be together.