- DiCaprio has come under fire for his cringe-worthy rapping skills in a video from his 49th birthday party in Beverly Hills last weekend
- The actor was promoting his new film Killers of the Flower Moon with co-star Lily Gladstone when the controversial video was brought up in an ET interview
- When the interviewer said it’s been known that Leo has always been a ‘hip hop head,’ DiCaprio said, ‘That is true’
Leonardo DiCaprio briefly addressed his cringe-worthy and controversial rapping video while promoting Killers of the Flower Moon.
The actor has come under fire for his rapping skills in a video from his 49th birthday party in Beverly Hills last weekend, where he was seen rapping the 1994 song DWYCK from Gang Starr and Nice & Smooth.
Many on social media have compared the video to Kendall Roy’s (Jeremy Strong) awkward rap at his father Logan Roy’s (Brian Cox) birthday party in HBO‘s Succession.
DiCaprio was discussing Killers of the Flower Moon with co-star Lilly Gladstone when the controversial video was brought up in an ET interview.
When the interviewer said it’s been known that Leo has always been a hip hop head, Leo stated, ‘That is true.’
When asked if he was thinking ahead to the next big birthday, Leo stated, ‘Got to always think about 50.’
As for his music tastes, Leo added, ‘I have a range of musical love that goes back to our stuff from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s with jazz and blues and things of that nature. And then hip-hop, too.’
His co-star Gladstone added, ‘That’s actually one way that we bonded early on, talking about music. We had a way to connect.’
Leo added, ‘And then we talked about old jazz music too,’ and when the interviewer asked about the chemistry between them, Gladstone said, ‘I mean, I think we just get along really easy. I attribute it to my dad is a Scorpio so I know how to be around Scorpio men.’
When asked about any awards season buzz, DiCaprio said they would both be, ‘honored’ if it did pick up any Oscar nominations.
‘We are very proud of this movie, and I couldn’t be more proud of it,’ DiCaprio said of the movie, which is currently playing in theaters.
The film is DiCaprio’s sixth with iconic director Martin Scorsese, who Leo says has been, ‘a cinematic father figure to me, much like Mr. De Niro has.’
They have previously worked on 2002’s Gangs of New York, 2004’s The Aviator, 2006’s The Departed, 2010’s Shutter Island, 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street, with Leo adding he has looked up to both Scorsese and De Niro.
He called them both, ‘the great duo of my generation, and so to be able to do six films now with Marty and 30 years after my first starring role (in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape), doing a movie with the three of them was mindblowing.’
Leo had previously praised Lily, who is already garnering Oscar buzz for her performance, and grew up on the Blackfeet Nation reservation in Montana.
‘She brought so much not only to her character but to the entire film. She was an amazing partner to have,’ DiCaprio said of Gladstone.
Gladstone added, ‘It’s a big responsibility and it’s terrifying. It’s hard being a Native actor, having this sort of this much that you are, you can audition for. Yeah Marty showed me that it’s possible.’