The 40-year-old appears to have thrown all his energy into “The Revenant,” set to hit theaters on Christmas Day. After releasing a teaser in July, 20th Century Fox released the first full-length trailer for the film Tuesday. The nearly three-minute clip certainly hits the awards bait checklist: It has a name-brand director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s last film, “Birdman,” racked up a slew of Oscars in February, including for best picture and director); it’s based on a true story; and it features a transformed Leo, complete with dirty, stringy hair, tortuously chapped lips and bad teeth.
You see, Academy? After playing pretty boys Jay Gatsby (“The Great Gatsby”) and Jordan Belfort (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Leo has prostrated himself at your feet, tousling a bear, getting buried in dirt and submerging himself in freezing cold mud and rain all for the sake of his craft. How long before we see a story where DiCaprio reveals he nearly lost a toe to frostbite?
He’s even gone all clean-shaven and respectable after years of seemingly not caring about his reputation as a hairy Lothario who has a flip-book of 20-something model ex-girlfriends. (The latest lady in his life is 25-year-old Kelly Rohrbach, who told Esquire back in June that she is “definitely quick-witted” and “can hang with the guys.”)