Dicaprio Denies Political Motivation Behind Blood Diamond
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO is proud new movie BLOOD DIAMOND is educating people about the controversial diamond industry, but he insists he didn't accept the role to become a political campaigner.
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."