DiCaprio illustrates with a story. "He literally has helicopters on stand by to go and get an overhead shot while you're running through an entire city," DiCaprio says of the typical shooting scene with his director.
"'Why don't you walk down the block? We're going to have three helicopters chase you through an Arabic street in real time. We've blocked off some traffic. We'll be fine, you'll be great," he says imitating Scott.
"You have to just be prepared for that. That was the biggest adjustment. I just came from this other movie Revolutionary Road where it's this 1950s play or something where we're talking about our feelings for months at a time in a small room. And then I wound up in Morocco with missiles being shot at me. It was a bizarre transition. But once you get accustomed to that pace, you embrace it. You enjoy it and it starts to become this adrenaline-ruled work environment that you love."
While his costar Crowe may have had the time of his life sitting behind a laptop and working the cell phone, DiCaprio had to endure months of filming under the scorching Middle Eastern sun including a torture scene was that was the definition of personal horror.
"I think that's the nature of the environment. It kind of played a toll," he says. "To tell you the truth, we were there for three and a half extra months in…"
DiCaprio pauses, "Just thinking back…yeah…it was difficult."
As for training for his role, if he tells SheKnows who he spoke with to prepare for portraying a CIA agent, DiCaprio would have to execute the proverbial 'I'd have to kill you' moment.
"I got to work some people that worked in that field, but you know…" DiCaprio says and flashes that trademark smile.
"It's a very interesting subject matter to take on because, unless you're talking about the CIA and the general context of history and what they've done historically - which we're only now starting to learn about - the basis of it being able to operate is that it is shrouded in secrecy. Otherwise it wouldn't be able to function. There's a certain leap of faith that you take with all this stuff. David (author David Ignatius), the research he did talking to real heads of Jordanian intelligence that got built into the screenplay, it takes a life of its own."
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