Anyone remember "The Man in the Iron Mask" and "Titanic" (1997)?
Few people know this guy was rather entertaining in movies like "The Quick
and the Dead," and my personal favorite, "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" (I'm an
aspiring chef) before sinking from American cool with "Titanic."
He was also a child actor, and having Asian parents, I can empathize with what
people like Leo and Michael Jackson went through. OK, so he's not James Stewart or Heath Ledger, but recent achievements like "Catch Me If You Can,"
and "The Aviator" have given this insecure actor a 2nd chance.
Did you know Johnny Depp might play the Riddler in a 3rd Chris Nolan Batman project? Maybe Depp won't top Ledger's Joker (2008) or Carrey's Riddler (1995), but maybe he will. Maybe Leo can join the cast in a Batman project. He could be a great Bain.
Anyway, I would not bring Leo into this discussion until I saw "Catch Me If You Can." I myself am an amateur musician so I can empathize with the stress of an audience that requires personal conduct as well as performance cool. And with the likes of Heath Ledger disappearing from Hollywood, I think we all should be a bit more forgiving for mega-hit blunders like "Titanic."
I think to some degree chance rescued Leo and to some degree a generally forgiving public rescued this otherwise talented, if aging, actor.