Forty-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio, who has been nominated for an Oscar five times now and still hasn’t won, is still trying to shed the Critters 3 curse that has followed him his entire career. Now more determined than ever, DiCaprio has decided that the only way to show off his range is to play an insane man with 24 different personalities, each of whom I’m sure DiCaprio will play with the same teeth-gritting intensity he brings to all of his roles.
The Oscar-nominated actor is set to star as Billy Milligan in upcoming film The Crowded Room, a real life drama about a man with 24 different personalities who became the first person to successfully use multiple personality disorder as a defence in court. Milligan pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to two rapes and a robbery in Ohio in the 1970s.
The movie will be based on Daniel Keyes’ 1981 book The Minds of Billy Milligan and will be produced by DiCaprio’s own Appian Way.
According to Wikipedia, those personalities included: “Arthur, a prim and proper Englishman; Allen, a manipulator; Tommy, a con artist; Ragen Vadascovinich, a Yugoslavian communist who Milligan claimed had committed the robberies in a kind of Robin Hood spirit; and Adalana, a 19-year-old lesbian who craved affection and who had allegedly committed the rapes.”
I cannot wait to see DiCaprio play a 19-year-old lesbian, which is ironically DiCaprio’s ideal sexual partner.
It also sounds like John Cusack’s role in the dreadful Identity, which saw his multiple personalities engage in a game of Clue until the murdering personality was identified. It was a vomitous cinematic atrocity.