DiCaprio Puts Diamond Industry on Edge

DICAPRIO: I hurt my knee. Yeah it was a lot of -- Djimon got banged up, I hurt my knee. You know, there are some of these sequences in this movie that are pretty... Ed set up that were pretty... yeah, a full week of squibs and diving behind cars. But you talk about that because I've never really been in an action sequence that was that well choreographed, and you accomplished a lot of stuff, action kind of things.

Q: I wonder when was the last time you bought a real diamond, and if this movie has changed your mind, if you ever get married, it won't be a diamond ring?

DICAPRIO: Hmm. Well, you know, I don't remember the last time I have. My Mom is the only person I'd really buy something like that for. And she, for a while now, hasn't wanted one. But that isn't to say . . . that people shouldn't . . . Look, these come from my conversations with, you know, global witness, or Amnesty International.

You have to go into the stores where you buy these diamonds at, ask for a certificate, ask for some sort of authentication that this isn't a conflict diamond, and you have to, as a consumer, use your best judgment to say, "you know what, I believe that, you know, you are truthful in what you're saying, and I see the documents, and you've proved to me this isn't a conflict diamond." That's one of the biggest ways this whole process can be put to a stop.

Q: So you're going to keep buying diamonds?

DICAPRIO: Does that mean... I don't know, I don't know, probably not, probably not. But that isn't to say that consumers shouldn't go out and do that. They should use their best judgment and ask the right questions, because, ultimately, diamonds are a source of economic stability in Africa. But what they're specifically trying to target is these conflict diamonds, these diamonds that have funded these kind of warlords and caused this civil strife in Africa, you know? It's about stopping those specific diamonds.

Q: Do you like doing these kinds of films, and is that a danger?

DICAPRIO: I'll tell you, quite honestly, it comes from being a fan of this art-form, of film, you know? It really is. I think this is the great modern art form, in my opinion, you know? There's been a hundred years of cinema but there's so much to be done in this art form.

I'm a fan of movies, and there's something about watching films that are burned into celluloid for all time. It's like this is now a piece of history. When you go watch -- being a fan of classic films, you watch these movies and they're gonna -- my children and their children are going to be watching these movies. To make a great movie, there's such a combination of different things that need to come into play to actually make a memorable film, and not have a film sort of fall by the wayside, you know, to have something live on through the years. And that takes -- you know, one of those elements is the commitment that the actors have towards their performance. It doesn't always come into play.

There've been a lot of great performances by actors in the past in films that weren't great, but if you're lucky enough to get that combination together and be in a memorable movie, that, to me, is like being a part of a piece of art that's going to last forever. So... that's where it really comes from.

Q: Speaking of change, we had a big change in this country, and as someone who's always been active in politics, can you comment?

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