Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Long Road to Love

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Long Road to Love

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IN the new film Revolutionary Road, Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the world's best-known movie stars, reunites with lead actress Kate Winslet for the first time since they appeared together in Titanic 12 years ago.

He plays Frank Wheeler, who with his wife April (Winslet) sets up home in a picture-perfect 1950s New York suburb. The life of this attractive young couple seems idyllic, but they quickly become disenchanted with suburbia and start making plans to leave America and move to Paris. Yet their dreams are dashed, a fact that has disturbing consequences for their marriage.

Q: There's obviously a chemistry between you and Kate from your time on Titanic, so it must have felt comfortable being cast opposite her?

DiCaprio: It was invaluable to have a dear friend who you have known for over a decade, be a partner in a film like this.

Q: It certainly gets intense. Sometimes it feels like theatre. Some scenes have the intimacy and immediacy that you get on stage, which is rare in film.

DiCaprio: It was almost like an actors' studio piece in the sense that this story was tailor-made for drama.

Q: Playing Frank must have felt like a departure for you.

DiCaprio: Yes, in almost every instance I've played a character who's heroic and who defies adversity and the odds in order to fulfil some promise to himself or some other character and is gallant in that regard.

Q: Frank's not at all like that. He's charming and dashing, but flawed too. And there's a dark side to him.

DiCaprio: I very much loved his unheroic qualities. I felt the sympathy shifts in this movie from character to character. You have compassion for a character one moment and what's disconcerting is the next moment they do something intrinsically human and detestable! So you never know where to solidify your feelings.

Frank doesn't have the capacity or the courage or the heroism to take a chance in life. He's a product of his own environment and at the end of the movie he realises he is what he is. He's not April, he's not willing to risk everything to lead the life he always dreamed of. …

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