But even though it seems as if he didn't take a break at all, considering he was on the big screen in The Great Gatsby in May and will return to theaters Christmas Day in The Wolf of Wall Street, he really did lie low for a while.
"I think it's more of a vacation or a hiatus," DiCaprio clarified to E! News at the New York press junket for Wolf, his fifth starring turn for director Martin Scorsese. "I've already taken a lot of time off."
And though the 39-year-old actor, who was photographed surfing and jet-skiing in Miami on Dec. 4 before hitting the road to promote his movie, does a bang-up job making the most out of his vacation time, he's just about ready to sink his teeth into another good role.
"You know this film wrapped in January, so I'm probably going to be looking for something to do soon," he assured us. "But hopefully it'll be as exciting as a film like this. I don't know if I can find one."
DiCaprio and Scorsese have once again set the bar high: The Wolf of Wall Street, based on a memoir by stockbroker Jordan Belfort, has landed on a bunch of best-of-the-year lists and is nominated for two Golden Globes, including DiCaprio's nod (his 10th overall) for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.
So it's not as if he'll be returning to a job that hasn't been quite good to him over the years.
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