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All The Real-Life Inspirations For Leonardo DiCaprio’s Character In ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood'

Quentin Tarantino's 2019 film Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood is set in 1969 when the crimes of the Manson Family loomed over Southern California. The film focuses on fading western television star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his companion and stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Dalton's career is stalled as New Hollywood's shaggy anti-heroes begin to replace the macho men and heartthrobs formerly adored by audiences. The film also nods to the tight relationships between actors and stuntmen less prevalent in modern, CGI-enhanced movies.

Thanks to Tarantino's vast knowledge of pop culture history and his intricate layering of authentic detail, DiCaprio was able to draw from many inspirations for his role as Dalton, including television western stars, teen heartthrobs, and actors dedicated to their stunt-performing counterparts.

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