August 02, 2023

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Are Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio friends?

Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe starred together in 2008's Body of Lies

By Betty Cruise August 02, 2023
Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe starred together in 2008s Body of Lies
Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe starred together in 2008's Body of Lies

Leonardo Di Caprio and Russell Crowe’s timeless friendship dates back to their teenage days.

The acclaimed actors starred together in the 2008 spy thriller film Body of Lies. However, they had been friends way before that.

As per the Titanic star, he instantly struck a friendship with Crowe after meeting him on the set of Sam Raimi's western The Quick And The Dead in 1995.

In an interview with Digital Spy, DiCaprio explained, "I worked with [Russell] when I was 18 years old. He did Romper Stomper and I just did a film called What's Eating Gilbert Grape. Here we were converging on this big-budget movie with Gene Hackman and Sharon Stone.

"We kind of forged a friendship there because we didn't know where to fit in. We didn't belong to the character actor group or the movie star group and I remember talking to him a lot about movies back then, the type of actor he wanted to be, the type of films he liked."

Crowe has also raved about Di Caprio’s dedication to acting, a notion they frequently bonded over.

"A lot of actors are afraid of props; hell, they can't walk and talk at the same time," Crowe said in an interview. "Leo had this focus. I could relate to that, particularly with the dynamic of all the veteran actors. So we mucked it up and laughed to alleviate that tension."

Following their subpar stint in Quick, both the actors eventually went their separate directions, before reuniting for the 2008 spy thriller.