Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are together again. The Titanic couple is back in a film romance of a different kind, Revolutionary Road.
Directed by the husband of Winslet, Sam Mendes, Revolutionary Road is so powerful, according to DiCaprio, it called for a second pairing of perfection. Revolutionary Road is based on the ground-breaking novel by Richard Yates. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet portray Frank and April Wheeler, the perfect 1950s couple moving with family to the New York City suburbs.
“They are young, 30-something, glamorous, married couple who come to realize through the course of the story is they are quite unhappy with their life,” Winslet says. “They are more glamorous looking than their friends and their neighbors and when they first met, they were somewhat bohemian in a way. So I think that they April in particular, had expected, a little more adventure in life. A little more possibilities than she is experiencing living in Revolutionary Road.
She is somehow able to be honest with Frank about the fact she’s feeling isolated, lonely and trapped and this is not the life they wanted. They need to start being honest with each other about that. It has its consequences.”
DiCaprio finds Revolutionary Road genre busting, relevant and timeless in one fell stroke.
“The themes of this story are universal for the simple reason that many of us in life in the quest to find happiness experience periods of loneliness and you question your life. You go through difficult times and you wake up and say, ‘is this really who I am? Is this really what I want? I think it’s impossible for human beings not to ask themselves that question. That’s why I think, it’s still relevant today,” DiCaprio says.
Portrait of a marriage
“Also because it’s a portrait of a marriage and a marriage that is very, very honest, and sometimes brutally so, it’s almost uncomfortable to be a fly on the wall watching these people who can pull each other apart through their communication and their honesty. I think it will be a reminder to people that honesty and communication within any relationship is tremendously important if you are to survive.”
Reunited and it feels so good
And the opportunity to reunite for the first time with Winslet since Titanic had more to do with the story and what it required of its two leads. Something, DiCaprio knew, he could achieve something special with his old mate Winslet.
“After reading the script and meeting with Sam (Mendes, director) and Kate, I just kind of fell in love with the depiction of this relationship. I’ve been friends with Kate for many years and we’ve stayed in contact, we’ve been very dear friends. I knew we could bring these characters and bring something out of this dialog that would really stick and I knew we could bring that out of each other. I think she knew that too,” DiCaprio says.
Pushing emotional envelopes is extremely difficult task for actors, having your springboard be someone you have the ultimate faith, is a priceless gift in thespian circles.
“It’s a trust factor when you work with someone like that. It really helps when you know where you can go with somebody. You know what kind of boundaries you have with them. I knew it was going to be an intense experience. I didn’t know how intense actually it was actually, going to be, but I knew we were going to get to places performance wise with each other and push each other.”
Up next…Kate and Leo on Revolutionary Road’s timelessness and how they bring out the best in each other.