A Minute With: Leonardo DiCaprio in "Shutter Island"

Thu Feb 18, 2010 1:03pm EST
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Leonardo DiCaprio says at the age of 35 he is just beginning to absorb his heady acting career alongside the likes of Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day Lewis.

He is one of Hollywood's top leading men who can regularly command $20 million a movie. His latest film, "Shutter Island," is his fourth collaboration with director Martin Scorsese. It hits U.S. theaters on February 19.

DiCaprio talked to Reuters about the film, his plans and the roots of his well-known passion as one of Hollywood's top environmental crusaders.

Q. What surprised you about this film?

A. "The thing that surprised me the most about this material is as many different genres that are mixed in, whatever Scorsese did stylistically with this film, at it's very essence it is a film about the human condition and human trauma and the dark side of who we are."

Q. How is your influence in Hollywood changing? You seem to be doing a lot more producing?

A. "I am never going to act again, yeah (laughs). No, I have a production company that all stemmed from 10 years ago wanting to be able to develop my own material because I just wasn't finding things I got excited about. It all stemmed from "Gangs of New York" and searching that out and saying, 'Well, if I was able to search this out and I got to be able to work with Martin Scorsese on this project, there has got to be other projects out there that maybe the studios aren't paying attention to."

Q. You are one of Hollywood's top earners. What are your thoughts on the salary of actors at the top of their game?   Continued...

<p>Actor Leonardo DiCaprio poses on the red carpet as he arrives at the premiere of the movie "Shutter Island" in New York February 17, 2010. REUTERS/Natalie Behring</p>