I was never the sort of teenager who had posters of film stars on her wall. I associated big-screen heart-throbs with my mum and her mates drooling over Paul Newman and Robert Redford and far preferred the pop stars of the day – your Bowies, Bolans and Bryans. But now that the big pop stars are unappetising items such as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, understandably girls look to film stars to provide a bit of eye candy.
The youngsters seem to go for people who are called either Chris, Hemsworth or both, but to those of us in our early dotage, the last poster boys we could pick out of a police line-up would be Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. Now they’re starring together in the new Tarantino film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, so I asked myself the intellectually challenging question … “Who’s hotter: Brad or Leo?”
They have a lot in common. Being male, Pitt at 55 and DiCaprio at 44 still have much mileage on them as romantic leads. Brad is always himself, which means he is the better star, but DiCaprio has the broader range – from What’s Eating Gilbert Grape to The Wolf of Wall Street, he has turned in some astonishing work – making him the better actor. They both have very highly developed and very visible social consciences; DiCaprio established a non-profit foundation devoted to promoting environmental awareness when he was only 24 and donated $1 million to the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund two years ago.
No one likes a virtue-signaller, but when rich people actually dip into their own pockets and routinely pull out millions for good causes it’s hard to have a go at them.