Leo has received the Rodolfo-Valentino-award on Jan. 27 in Rome:
NY Daily News - Jan. 30, 2001
Â Â Â Why 'Lenny' Got the Boot
Â Â Â Would 'Titanic' have been as a big a hit if it had starred Lenny
Â Â Â Williams? That's the name that an agent once told Leonardo
Â Â Â DiCaprio to adopt if he wanted to make it in show biz. But the
Â Â Â screen hunk told an adoring audience in Rome on Saturday he'd
Â Â Â never 'insult' his heritage.
Â Â Â Picking up his Rudolph Valentino film award,
Â Â Â DiCaprio threatened to bite the hand that fed
Â Â Â him by declaring how proud he was to have
Â Â Â German ancestors and the middle name of
Â Â Â Wilhelm. But, that said, he went back to his
Â Â Â roots.
Â Â Â 'Living in Rome for the past five months,' said
Â Â Â the goateed actor, who has been there shooting
Â Â Â 'Gangs of New York,' 'I have been struck by
Â Â Â the passion of the people, the beauty of the art
Â Â Â and culture. ... What impressed me most of all is the overwhelming
Â Â Â pride that we Italians take in who we are.'
(Edited by gm at 7:09 pm on Jan. 30, 2001)
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