Leonardo DiCaprio may drive his female fans into a frenzy but the director of his new thriller Inception says the former Titanic heartthrob is "first and foremost a very serious, very thoughtful actor."
Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan tells Entertainment Tonight why Leo works so well for bizarre movie, in which he plays a thief who steals secrets from people's minds as they sleep.
"He is first and foremost a very serious, very thoughtful actor," he says. "And it's almost to him, I think, a bit of an accident, or a bit of an add-on, that he happens to be one of the most charismatic and handsome leading men."
Meanwhile, when the cameras stopped rolling, Christopher says Leo was "very relaxed… he's very funny and calm, and really a great team player."
The leading man feels the same way about his director. "Chris Nolan is a visionary filmmaker, and when he presents an idea to you that he's been mulling around for eight years and it has to do with a dream world, and it presents itself as something with infinite possibilities, you immediately get excited," Leo says.
"You say to yourself, 'Wow, I've got to be a part of a film like this.' It's pretty groundbreaking and not something you see traditionally come out of the Hollywood studio system."
Although Leo remarks that most of his sleep is dreamless, he does remember his childhood dreams of being an actor.
"That's the first thing I remember as a young kid. Ironically I lived in L.A. but I never felt like I could be a part of that club… I feel extremely lucky every day and I feel like I am living that dream… I don't take it for granted, that's for sure."