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How Leonardo DiCaprio’s dad landed a cameo in licorice pizza

Sometimes the truth is stranger than the fiction.

When it comes to Paul thomas andersonthe last movie of, Licorice Pizza, there is the power of the stars everywhere you turn. Of Sean Penn and Maya rudolph To Bradley Cooper and Alana Chaim, the casting alone is enough to intrigue any cinephile.

But as the coming-of-age movie airs in select theaters, some moviegoers may notice Leonardo DiCapriothe father of, George, making an appearance. In a new interview with The New York Times journalist Kyle BuchananPaul explained how it all happened.

“I created a photo of a guy who owned a wig store that sold these waterbeds, and I couldn’t put my finger on it,” he said. recalled. “I kept saying, ‘Who do I know that looks like that? And like a flash, I remember, like, ‘Leo’s dad looks exactly like that.’ “

After reuniting with George, “Paul was delighted to find that the 78-year-old writer was interested in being a part of the project.

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