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Leonardo DiCaprio Took A Humongous Pay Cut For Tarantino's New Charles Manson Movie

Esquire (UK) logo Esquire (UK) 16/05/2018 Olivia Ovenden

And it's all for the art baby: DiCaprio Took 50% Pay Cut For New Tarantino © Getty Images DiCaprio Took 50% Pay Cut For New Tarantino There comes a point in every Louis Roederer-swilling, Tesla-driving, Echo Park-dwelling actor's life when money isn't enough. Money, in fact, is too easy and art – art, dear friends – is the only true and meaningful pursuit in this shallow world.

This is, more or less, the logic behind Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio's decision to take a significant pay cut for his latest venture. Or shall we say, his pièce de résistance.

Leonardo DiCaprio holding a sign posing for the camera: "I’m totally fine with this" © Getty Images "I’m totally fine with this" Variety reports that, "Leo­nardo DiCaprio is worth $20 million in a crowd-pleaser like Inception, but he’s halving his salary for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in order to trigger a sprawling historical epic with dicey commercial prospects."

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They explain this is because, "Actors are willing to juggle art and commerce."

It's unsurprising that the actor has been willing to accept less dough for the director's reportedly penultimate production, as also onboard are Hollywood powerhouses Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie.

Brad Pitt is also part of the movie © Getty Brad Pitt is also part of the movie Speaking of the project at CinemaCon in Las Vegas last month Tarantino offered some details:

"It's very hush hush and top secret. But I can tell you that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes place in 1969, at the height of the counterculture, hippy revolution and the height of new Hollywood.

"Street by street, block by block, we'll transform Los Angeles into the Hollywood of 1969."

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