‘Aviator’ a no fly zone

DiCaprio is high in the sky

After playing flying ace Howard Hughes, Leonardo DiCaprio has no desire to take the controls for real.

“I have never flown a plane in my life,” DiCaprio said following Variety‘s Dec. 7 unspooling of his pic. “I still have no intention of doing it. I have no desire whatsoever, especially after this stuff.”

Thesp did fly into unfamiliar territory helping produce a film to final takeoff at the box office.

“I learned what it’s like to really carry responsibility for a film more than I ever have before,” he said. “Usually as an actor, you wait around for that script and people have been developing it before you and there’s a director attached and they have their own intentions.”

The actor also noted some irony in the casting process with co-star Cate Blanchett.

“In order to play one of the most iconic American females, we had to fly an Australian in,” he said. “There’s really no one else in the world who could’ve played that part. Truly, she is a chameleon. She’s the Meryl Streep of my generation.”

Scribe John Logan also participated in the ArcLight Q&A.

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