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“The tension was very high”: Leonardo DiCaprio’s Co-Star Felt Unhealthy Friction With the Oscar Winner on the Sets of $353 Million Movie

"The tension was very high": Leonardo DiCaprio's Co-Star Felt Unhealthy Friction With the Oscar Winner on the Sets of $353 Million Movie

Working alongside Leonardo DiCaprio can be both fascinating and challenging, as one has to up their level in order to not fall under the Oscar winner’s shadow in a movie. And considering that he was set o to star in 2013’s The Great Gatsby, which involved several other A-listers in the mix, Joel Edgerton was adamant about not falling under the shadow of DiCaprio in the movie.

Although Edgerton was an avid admirer of DiCaprio’s work and has always been vocal about his love for the Titanic star, he wasn’t ready to fall under the pressure of starring alongside DiCaprio. Following his dedication to the role in The Great Gatsby, The Gift actor felt unhealthy friction with his costar on the sets.

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Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio

There was some tension between Leonardo DiCaprio and Joel Edgerton in The Great Gatsby

The live-action adaptation of the novel The Great Gatsby comprised Leonardo DiCaprio in the role of Jay Gatsby and Edgerton was assigned with the role of the mentally stern Tom Buchanan. But in order to nail the role and step up his level to match DiCaprio’s in the film, Edgerton would often immerse himself into the nature of the character during his time on the sets. However, this practice would lead to some uneasy situations between DiCaprio and him. Edgerton later explained the situation by stating,

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“For me Tom is a beast that has to exist on set and it’s in me and it comes out of me and I enjoy it. There’s a kind of unhealthy friction that exists between Leo and I on set,”

However, this revelation did lead some to believe that there might be some ongoing feud between the two actors, but this rumor was quickly debunked by Edgerton.

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Joel Edgerton
Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton and Leonardo DiCaprio had a great time offsets

Although the tension between the two actors may be high on sets, this wasn’t the case when they were offsets. While reflecting on the rumors regarding their speculated feud, Joel Edgerton brushed off these claims and the actor has nothing but nice to say for the Inception star. The actor explained that they had a great time during their time together off the sets and commended DiCaprio for being a standup guy. Edgerton said,


“I think that was taken a little bit out of context. We got along really well…the Plaze scene, we shot for a number of days and the tension was very high when we rolled but we had a good time off set,” 

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The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby (2013)

Despite the amazing performances from each of the actors in the film, the movie opened to divisive reviews, but it was able to garner $353 million at the box office from an approximate budget of $125 million.

The Great Gatsby is available to stream on Apple TV.

Source: Metro

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Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with The Everly Brothers, Billy Joel, and The Platters. Having expertise in everything related to Batman, Santanu spends most of his time watching and learning films, with Martin Scorsese and Park Chan-wook being his personal favorites. Apart from pursuing a degree in animation, he also possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a content writer at Fandomwire with over 1000 articles.