Seventeen years ago I was given the assignment to make a portrait of an actor who was highly touted for his good looks and great acting ability. The photo eventually made the cover of People magazine. On Jan. 23, I was again given the task of photographing the same actor who has grown into, in my opinion, one of the top actors of his generation. Leonardo DiCaprio was gracious with his time and showed up early for the shoot — ready to go. With a few suggestions of what I needed, Leo took over the shoot, doing poses and expressions and made the entire session run like a well-oiled machine. And, at the end of the shoot, he thanked me and said, “It was good to see you after all these years!”
"I like to take care of the cast. Everyone keeps calling me the Jewish mum, because I keep trying to feed everyone (…) I’m loaded like a pack horse full of treats every day, but I think they’re appreciated, you know? It’s nice to do stuff for people when everyone’s stressed out."
" Stay hungry, stay young, stay foolish, stay curious, and above all stay humble, because just when you think you’ve got all the answers is the moment when some bitter twist of fate in the universe will remind you that you very much don’t. "
When Eddie takes Roger Rabbit into the back room at the bar where Dolores works to cut apart the hand-cuffs in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the lamp from ceiling is bumped and swinging. Lots of extra work was needed to make the shadows match between the actual room shots and the animation for very little viewer benefit. Today, “Bump the Lamp” is a term used by many Disney employees to refer to going that extra mile on an effect just to make it a little more special, even though most viewers or guests will never notice it.
“He used to say he wanted his ashes scattered on Brokeback Mountain, but I wasn’t sure where that was. I thought Brokeback Mountain might be around where he grew up. Knowing Jack, it might be some pretend place, where bluebirds sing and there’s a whiskey spring..”