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Leonardo DiCaprio Will Star in Mel Gibson's Viking Drama

Leonardo_dicaprioMel Gibson is slated to begin filming an as-yet-untitled drama about Vikings in fall 2010. Leonardo DiCaprio will star.

I'm sorry to be Miss Negativepants, but I have a strong feeling that this movie will suck. Since Gibson is directing, and his prior period dramas include Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ, and Apocalypto, it seems safe to assume that DiCaprio will spend 3/4 of the movie stomping around, disemboweling and/or beheading people, then holding his fists out to his sides and going, "RRRAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHFREEDOMVIKINGSRAAAAHHHHHH!" And I would guess that those helmets with the horns are going to be unavoidable and, unfortunately for Mel, Looney Toons and Hagar the Horrible and countless unimaginative Halloween costumes have just made them automatically look like a joke.

Also, I'm guessing this is another attempt at Oscar fodder for DiCaprio. I genuinely like him as an actor, but I really don't think dramatic roles are his strength. I think he's a comedic actor by nature. I watched the 1998 Woody Allen movie Celebrity fairly recently. DiCaprio appears in the movie for all of 10 minutes as Brendan Darrow, an explosive young star who halfheartedly squeezes in meetings with screenwriters in between fights with his girlfriend, trips to Atlantic City, and coke-fueled orgies. DiCaprio plays the distracted star to a hilarious degree of perfection and I would really like to see him in more satirical or comedic roles. (Interestingly enough, Adrian Grenier, aka Vince from Entourage, plays a key member of Darrow's entourage. AND DiCaprio has Aquaman listed as "in development" on his IMDb page. Weird!)







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Comments

Joie

I have recurring dreams that Leo is my son in law. I also have recurring dreams about Vikings, rawr. I do not, however have recurring dreams about punching teeny tiny Mel in the fac. But that dream? Would rock.

norm

So ... he's gonna play Fran Tarkenton?

Erin

Pillage this, Leo baby.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

1) I just don't see DiCaprio as a viking. Remember in "The 13th Warrior"? THOSE were vikings. They were all 6' 8" and dirty. DiCaprio is 5' 8" at best and no viking.

2) I think I might love Norm.

norm

If he casts Sam Jackson as Carl Eller I will never say anything bad about Gibson again.

2) Oh yeaaahhh!

Christy

The movie may well suck, but I am physically unable to stay away from anything with Leonardo Dicaprio in it. I think it all goes back to seeing Basketball Diaries when I was a teenager.




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