Leonardo Di Caprio news: 'The Revenant' actor calls Pope Francis 'inspiring'


“The Revenant” star Leonardo DiCaprio has shared with the press his thoughts and experience during his recent meeting with the highest official of the Catholic church, Pope Francis, at the Vatican. DiCaprio told reporters during the just-concluded 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards that he was inspired speaking to the Pope. 

A Reuters video shows the meeting, with DiCaprio speaking softly in Italian to the pontiff as he thanks him for the opportunity of a private meeting with him. Then, after kissing the Pope’s ring, he proceeds talking in English as he hands him his gift ? a book of works by the 16th-century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch.

In the video, the actor shows the religious leader the reproduction of Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights,” which he says was a fixture on the top of his crib when he was still a child. The actor is also seen handing the Pope an envelope, reported to be a check for an undisclosed amount from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which he can use for any charity work that he chooses to.

For “The Revenant” actor, the encyclical written by the Pope is one of the most valuable things in terms of the history of climate change.

He said, as reported by US Weekly: “Basically, spreading the gospel that we should care about the planet we live in. It’s a sin to destroy our planet. … he’s been inspiring and revolutionary to come out and be outspoken about the issue of climate change and endorse the scientific community.”

According to DiCaprio, Calgary, where his movie “The Revenant” was filmed, had extreme weather conditions, with the temperatures fluctuating from hot to cold. He said that the locals had complained that the weather conditions there were unprecedented, and that 2015 registered the hottest temperature in the place’s history. With this, the actor hopes that he can finish the documentary he is working on in the coming months so that he can show the people his journey.

After winning Best Actor in a Drama at the Golden Globes on Jan. 10, DiCaprio clinched his first-ever Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role on Jan. 30, thanks to his role as Hugh Glass in “The Revenant.” He is also nominated for the same role in the Oscars, which is happening on Feb. 28.