Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Leonardo Signs Up for a Blockbuster Diet

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Leonardo Signs Up for a Blockbuster Diet

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Byline: NEIL NORMAN

LEONARDO DiCaprio looks younger than ever in this picture from his latest film, Catch Me If You Can.

He has lost weight for the Steven Spielberg-directed truelife drama about con artist Frank Abagnale Jr, who masqueraded as a variety of professional people and conned up to $6 million ([pound]4.2million) before the age of 21.

Compared with the overweight grunge look he sported in Martin Scorsese's Gangs Of New York, DiCaprio appears to have taken himself in hand and got a personal trainer to return to the lean self of his earlier pictures.

Perhaps the [pound]14million he banked for Catch played a part.

DiCaprio stars alongside a similarly slimmed-down Tom Hanks who plays the FBI agent who trailed the con artist and eventually secured his arrest.

The 27-year-old actor's decision to team up with Hanks and Spielberg is definitely a wise career move. Apart from being a virtually guaranteed blockbuster when it opens in the US in December, the film could put DiCaprio back on the kind of world-beating form he acquired after Titanic. …

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