Dicaprio Denies Political Motivation Behind Blood Diamond07 January 2007
Dicaprio Denies Political Motivation Behind Blood Diamond
The Titanic actor is pleased the film has brought the issue of conflict diamonds - precious stones sold to fund warfare - to the public's attention, but he denies accepting the role to rally against the diamond industry.
He tells Empire magazine, "I wouldn't hold that candle and say that's what I did. If anything it was kind of a no-brainer, as you might say. First and foremost it's a great movie, but the cherry of the cake is that it does say something about the world we live in.
"To be honest, I'm surprised the studio made a movie like this, and I hope and pray that people will go see it. Usually films with this kind of subject matter are on a much different scale.
"I think any time anybody is educated by a movie that's a great thing."
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