Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t the only actor in his family! The Oscar winner’s father, George DiCaprio, has a cameo in Paul Thomas Anderson’s coming-of-age film, “Licorice Pizza”, and his son spoke with ET’s Rachel Smith about how he landed the part.
“I haven’t seen it yet but my dad, George DiCaprio, has a cameo in a Paul Thomas Anderson movie!” Leo told ET on Sunday at the New York City premiere of his own film, “Don’t Look Up”. “Today was a good day.”
P.T. told The New York Times that Leo’s dad portrays “a guy who owned a wig shop that sold these water beds,” which just so happens to hit close to home.
“He sold waterbeds in real life,” Leo told ET of his father.
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Last week, NYT journalist Kyle Buchanan took to Twitter to share quotes from the “Licorice Pizza” director that didn’t make his published article.
“I created a picture of a guy who owned a wig shop that sold these water beds, and I couldn’t put my finger on it,” Anderson said. “I kept saying, ‘Who do I know that looks like this?'”
Then, Anderson says it hit him.
Here's how Leonardo DiCaprio's dad landed a LICORICE PIZZA cameo as an eccentric hippie in a waterbed store pic.twitter.com/cUKyEkkgcW
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) December 1, 2021
“And like a bolt of lightning, I remember, like ‘Leo’s dad looks exactly like this,'” Anderson explained. “So I tracked him down, asked him if he’d ever be interested in being in a film. He said, ‘Sure.'”
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Anderson said he went on to break it all down to George, prompting Leo’s dad to say, “Sounds great. Did Leo tell you that I owned a water bed company?’ It was called Foggy Bottom.”
“Licorice Pizza”, out in theatres now, stars Philip Seymour Hoffman’s son, Cooper, Alana Haim, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper and Benny Safdie.
And George is no stranger to being an honoured guest in Hollywood circles. Leo’s known for bringing his parents to awards shows.
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Leo’s also spoken highly of his parents’ support at a young age regardless of whatever dream he wanted to chase. The Oscar winner once told Parade, “My dad always told me, ‘Go out there, son, and whatever you do, I don’t care if you’re successful or not, just have an interesting life.'”
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