Basinger: DeCaprio’s “Incredible Talent,” Risky Roles

Commenting in The New York Times about Leonardo DiCaprio’s star turn in the upcoming film “J. Edgar,” Jeanine Basinger, Chair and Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, says that DiCaprio is an actor who has proven he can take risks with role choices and be successful. While this has often translated into a decline in popularity – and ultimately the careers – of other Hollywood stars, Basinger believes DiCaprio’s talent transcends his “out-of-the-box” roles.