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When an acting career spans more than four decades, it’s easy to forget someone’s previous work.
That is the case of Leonardo DiCaprio who plays the lead role in What to eat Gilbert grapes when he was just 19 years old. Those who haven’t seen the movie need to hurry up for it leaving Netflix at the end of this month.
The film follows Gilbert Grape, who struggles to gain the mantle of the father figure in the family, who relies on him for survival. He tries to make a living by taking a low-paying job at a dying convenience store but he struggles to find time for his own happiness. This is because he is responsible for taking care of his mentally ill brother and his obese mother.
Dicaprio plays the mentally challenged younger brother throughout the film and did a great job when he was nominated for his first Academy Award in 1994 for Best Supporting Actor. He plays the main character opposite Johnny Depp who played the lead role of Gilbert Grape. Depp later revealed that he had a very difficult time working with the young DiCaprio on set and that he ended up torturing DiCaprio during filming.
The film was adapted from Peter Hedges’ novel of the same name that was published in 1991. When the film was released just a few years later in 1993, it bombed at the box office grossing only $10 million, less. its estimated budget. However, this is not an accurate representation of the film as it is loved by critics, who have given it a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Only a few days left to watch What to eat Gilbert grapes before it leaves Netflix, it would be a shame to miss out on DiCaprio in one of the first movie roles of his career.
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