Shutter Island comes out this week based on the Dennis Lahane novel. I have always loved Leo. I think he is one of the greatest actor of his generation. Although Leo remains fairly private now, he was once a little bit of a wild one. In case you don’t remember, he got his start on “Growing Pains.” Here are some fabulous pics of Leo and some trivia on the film coming out this Friday. Tell me what you think once you see it!
–Before settling on Mark Ruffalo for the role of Chuck Aule, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese also considered Robert Downey Jr. and Josh Brolin.
–This was originally commissioned as a directing vehicle for Wolfgang Petersen. However, there were considerable modifications made to Dennis Lehane’s novel in order to create a more action-driven blockbuster.
–Many parts were filmed in the old Massachusetts state mental hospital in Medfield, MA.
–Of the two actors who play the chief wardens of Shutter Island, Ted Levine portrayed serial killer Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and John Carroll Lynch played a suspected serial killer in Zodiac (2007).
–Shortly (August 2009) before its original release in October 2009, the movie was pushed back to February 2010.
–In this film, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character is seasick. Previously, DiCaprio starred in Titanic (1997), most of which is set on a ship.
–After involuntarily pushing back the release date of this film to February for financial reasons, they intentionally set the release date to the same day of The Silence of the Lambs (1991) in hope that it could walk home with several Oscars.