Leonardo DiCaprio has wondered if he should make the transition to director, but he is pretty sure the thing that makes him such a good actor would drive him crazy as a director.
In just a few short years, Leonardo DiCaprio has transformed himself from a teen heartthrob into a Hollywood leading man. But one of the traits that has made the actor successful may be the same reason he will never make the leap to director.
“I’ve been talking about [directing] a lot,” the actor told GQ Australia, according to Yahoo. “But I’m still not sure I’m going to do it. When you’re a director you have so many different elements you need to be in control of.”
DiCaprio said because of his obsessive personality traits, he doesn’t think he could handle the stress of a directing a film.
“I get very obsessive when I do movies and it encompasses my life,” he added. “And I don’t know how I’d react to 200 different people asking me questions. I might spiral off into some other dimension of obsessiveness. For now, playing the character and being responsible for myself is what I’m doing.”
That obsessiveness is part of what has helped DiCaprio become one of the No. 1 leading men in Hollywood. But the actor said he is not ruling out the idea of directing, and his curiosity may lead him into a director’s chair, eventually.
“You never know,” he added. “I might give it a try. Because it does seem fun.”
DiCaprio does have a talent of understanding how to make a film successful. His latest, The Great Gatsby, is still going strong at the box office. Worldwide, it has already reeled in more than $200 million.
The 38-year-old actor has another film set to come out this year, The Wolf of Wall Street. The Martin Scorsese-directed film also stars Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill. For now, DiCaprio is happy to be included as a producer on the film, but will leave the directing to Scorsese.
The Wolf of Wall Street is set to release in theaters Nov. 15.