In the lead up to the highly-anticipated release of Don’t Look Up on Netflix later this month, director Adam McKay recalled the moment Leonardo DiCaprio opposed to having co-star Meryl Streep participate in a nude scene. The 72-year-old actress plays President Janie Orlean who is reportedly seen nude from the back in one small snippet of the film.
Speaking to The Guardian, McKay said Streep “is fearless.” “And yes, that is a body double. But you know who had a problem with it? Leo [DiCaprio],” McKay told the publication. “Leo just views Meryl as film royalty … although maybe royalty is not a compliment … but as such a special figure in the history of film.”
The filmmaker added, “He didn’t like seeing her with the lower back tattoo, walking for a second naked. He said something to me like: ‘Do you really need to show that?’ And I was like: ‘It’s President Orlean; it’s not Meryl Streep.’ But she didn’t even blink. She didn’t even bring it up.”
DiCaprio starred alongside Streep in the 1996 drama Marvin’s Room, but according to a recent interview the Titanic actor admitted that he and the cast were nervous to share a film set the with queen of film – fair enough.
“You get to work with the greatest living actor in the world. Everyone’s on their toes. Everyone’s prepared, and we’re just trying to keep up with her,” he told E! News.
Buzz is certainly growing for Don’t Look Up. The film boasts an all-star cast and also features Jennifer Lawrence, Jonah Hill, Rob Morgan, Ron Perlman, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi, Mark Rylance and Cate Blanchett. The film has already been nominated for a slew of Golden Globe Awards and Critics Choice Awards.
The early success is no surprise however. McKay is behind Oscar-winning films such as Vice, The Big Short and Booksmart. The film will release onto Netflix from December 24, 2021.