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Leonardo DiCaprio Covers GQ Australia March 2012

Posted Friday February 17, 2012 8:58 PM GMT

He's one of the most popular actors on the planet, and Leonardo DiCaprio was tapped to grace the cover of the March 2012 issue of GQ Australia.

The "Inception" stud posed for a batch of artsy shots taken by photographer Craig McDean while partaking in a joint interview with director/acting legend Clint Eastwood.

Highlights from Leonardo's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to check out GQ Australia!

On the roles he would've played if he was a leading man at another time:
"For my generation, it's always the 70s. That period where you felt like the hands were being dealt back in the director's favor. The studios realized that letting them tell their stories was something the audience had a hunger for. And of course, it all went awry. Taxi Driver to me is the ultimate independent movie performance. Playing a character like Travis Bickle is every young actor's wet dream."

On the growing level of paranoia:
"What is that incredible statistic – that a young kid in Africa with a cell phone has access to more information that the President did in the 60s? And with the onset of things like WikiLeaks – which can be very beneficial in some respects, to unveil a lot of the secrecy of conspiratorial activities – the level of paranoia is going to reach an all-time high."

On whether he wants to direct:
"Yeah, I do. And if I did direct, I would try to have the same no bulls**t approach to it as he [Clint Eastwood] and his crew have. Seriously there are no frills on his set. It's a small tightknit crew."

Photo Credit: Craig McDean for GQ Australia