Joel Stein vs,. Leonardo DiCaprio

A month ago Time writer/columnist Joel Stein told a Palo Alto audience about an interview he did with Leonardo DiCaprio in early 2000 (the idea was to talk The Beach). DiCaprio wouldn’t agree to experience anything with Stein, so it became a shopping-at-Ralph’s piece because Stein (a) noticed a Ralph’s card peeking out of Leo’s wallet and figured he was a penny-pincher and (b) offered to buy Leo’s groceries. Leo agreed, they went to the Ralph’s in West Hollywood (at the corner of Beverly Blvd. and Doheny) and here’s the piece that resulted. DiCaprio was furious about it. He decided that Stein was a betraying, must-to-avoid prick. Here, again, is Stein’s story about how it all went down. And here‘s the Time piece.

  • Larry

    Stein is a betraying, must-to-avoid prick. And now there’s this thing with Leo.

  • rocco

    This would make a great story at a cocktail party, but it’s not really something that works well from a podium.

  • Craig Kennedy

    Is this guy the worst raconteur ever or do I just have a short attention span? The last thing I remember was him droning on about how shocking it was that Leo DiCaprio had a Ralph’s card and the next thing I know, I wake up in a bathtub filled with ice and one of my kidneys is missing.

  • ArchiveGuy

    Yeah, he’s about 1/10th as interesting when he doesn’t have the VH1 editors in his corner.

  • turncoat

    After watching Joel Stein and reading the Time article, I can now truly understand why DiCaprio is so uncomfortable and uneasy around interviewers,lol.

  • http://fromthefrontrow.blogspot.com Matthew Lucas

    Stein used to write for Entertainment Weekly…and his columns were just as smarmy and grating then too.

  • http://fromthefrontrow.blogspot.com Matthew Lucas

    Stein used to write for Entertainment Weekly…and his columns were just as smarmy and grating there too.

  • delbomber

    This would make a great story at a cocktail party, but it’s not really something that works well from a podium.

  • http://fromthefrontrow.blogspot.com Matthew Lucas

    Sorry for the double post.

  • cjKennedy

    Is this guy the worst raconteur ever or do I just have a short attention span? The last thing I remember was him droning on about how shocking it was that Leo DiCaprio had a Ralph’s card and the next thing I know, I wake up in a bathtub filled with ice and one of my kidneys is missing.

  • http://journals.aol.com/terrymcca/poetry-arts-confidential/ Terry McCarty

    Now Joel’s with the LOS ANGELES TIMES.

    Coincidentally, I just visited the laobserved.com website and agree with someone who posted a letter saying that the TIMES wants to descend to the level of the DAILY NEWS.

  • http://journals.aol.com/terrymcca/poetry-arts-confidential/ Terry McCarty

    Having read the TIME piece, I can say it imitates Rex Reed’s 1967 profile of Warren Beatty in ESQUIRE. In terms of snarky takedowns, I give the Reed/Beatty piece the edge. And Reed’s a better writer than Stein.

    If memory serves me correctly, the article was titled “Will The Real Warren Beatty Please Shut Up?”

  • austin111

    It’s interesting that in his earliest interviews, DiCaprio came across as a much more open kid, certainly far more free in what came out of his mouth — a lot of which was pretty smart for his age. Nowadays he seems to have mastered the art of dodgeball. His interviews are far less arresting except for the fact of what he doesn’t or won’t say about himself. With people like Stein sent to interview you, it’s no wonder.

  • turncoat

    The Time article actually reveals more about Joel Stein than it does about DiCaprio. Stein’s major reason for wanting to interview Leo appears to be to get to experience what he thinks is the glamourous heady lifestyle of a star like DiCaprio – wanting to meeting his sexy attractive friends and mingle with supermodels but sadly for joel, all he got was a trip to Ralph’s and meeting Leo’s friend Ethan suplee (who Joel describes as not so attractive – errr, look in the mirror, Joel). Leo may be dodgey now in interviews but I have to admire his persistence at spreading the word on global warming et al – and this hails back 7-8 years ago when not much interest was there on that topic.

  • http://www.pen15club.net Rob

    Joel Stein makes my eyes bleed.

  • christian

    stein is so unfunny. he went on right wing hack hugh hewitt’s show to defend his “i don’t support the troops” column awhile back and even a pinhead like hewitt skewered him.

  • Craig Kennedy

    Can anyone really blame Leo for being closed off to interviewers when he’s being hounded by clowns like this guy? Stein didn’t want to hear about anything. He just wanted some snarky fun at Leo’s expense.

  • NYCBusybody

    “DiCaprio insists he’s saved more than $40 with the card but shies away from my challenge to go shopping. “It seems a little forced, like I’m saying, ‘Hey, I’m everyguy. I go to Ralphs too.'”

    He’s a pretty aware, intelligent guy, from that quote. I like his thought process.

  • NYCBusybody

    But in the end, I don’t see what’s wrong with the piece. I think it’s well-done, more of an honest look at how DiCaprio thinks and acts than any environmental lecture could be.

  • cjKennedy

    Can anyone really blame Leo for being closed off to interviewers when he’s being hounded by clowns like this guy? Stein didn’t want to hear about anything. He just wanted some snarky fun at Leo’s expense.

  • turncoat

    well, I always thought DiCaprio was intrinsically intelligent; probably not book-sense intelligent but street smart and seemingly very determined. Noticed he brought up the Howard Hughes project in that interview – so he pursued for at least 5 years through development to make it come to fruition.

    true that the piece does reveal a lot but still, it still seems shitty of Stein to let Leo keep talking about the environment and then not put any of that in the article – seems deceitful to me.

  • christian

    and stein is the la times resident “humorist” along with funnier comics like jonah goldberg, max boot, dinesh d’souza and rush limbaugh.

  • http://wendysreplica.com dd

    If memory serves me correctly, the article was titled “Will The Real Warren Beatty Please Shut Up?”

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